Library Director Susan Lempke and Business Manager Greg Pritz celebrate NMDL being named one of the nation's Star Libraries.

Niles-Maine District Library Named Star Library 7 Years in a Row

Niles-Maine District Library has once again been named one of the nation’s Star Libraries by the Library Journal, a publication specializing in research and reporting for public libraries. The rating is based on a massive review of data from over 7,000 libraries across the country, of which only 257 were chosen for the coveted title of Star Library.

Libraries’ scores are determined by the specially-cultivated LJ Index, which mainly focuses on statistics for material circulation (including electronic materials such as e-books), program attendance, in-person visits, and public Internet usage. The index was designed to measure a library’s total output of resources relative to peer libraries, with institutions being grouped based on yearly expenditure. Out of the hundreds of libraries evaluated for each group, the top 15 to 30 scorers are awarded Stars.

Having held the title of Star Library since 2012, Niles-Maine District Library is no stranger to the process. However, the continued recognition is nevertheless appreciated. “The Board and staff have worked hard to make the Niles-Maine District Library a jewel of the community,” says Library Director Susan Lempke. “It’s very exciting to see our efforts rewarded.”

The Library recently launched its new campaign, Best. Deal. Ever! to encourage new card signups as well as even more widespread usage of the multitude of services offered to community members. Residents of Niles, unincorporated Des Plaines, or unincorporated Glenview can sign up for a Niles-Maine card.  Learn more about how to sign up at


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