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We (my wife and I) are celebrating the 11th Anniversary of HAPLR, and more importantly, our 38th Anniversary. The HAPLR system uses data provided by 9,000 public libraries in the United States to create comparative rankings. The comparisons are in broad population categories. HAPLR provides a comparative rating system that librarians, trustees and the public can use to improve and extend library services. I am the director of Waukesha County Federated Library System.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

HAPLR 2010 Edition

FOR RELEASE on April 15, 2010
Hennen's American Public Library Ratings 2010 published.
The 2010 version of Hennen's American Public Library Ratings (HAPLR) Web site ( was re-opened with new data today announced Thomas J. Hennen Jr., its author. The ratings have been published since 1999. HAPLR has become widely recognized in the public library world for these ratings and the individual reports.

HAPLR identifies the public libraries in America with the highest input and output measures. Statistics alone cannot define library excellence, of course, but Hennen believes that the ratings numbers are still important. The HAPLR Index uses six input and nine output measures. The author added the scores for each library within a population category to develop a weighted score. The population categories change at 1,000, 2,500, 5,000, 10,000, 25,000, 50,000, 100,000, 250,000, and 500,000 residents. (500 k means over 500,000 population, 250 k means 250,000 to 499,999 population, and so forth.)

The HAPLR Index has a theoretical minimum of 1 and a maximum of 1,000, although most libraries score between 260 and 730. The HAPLR Index web site site provides a method for obtaining score cards and rating sheets for individual public libraries. It also provides further information on the rating index and other services provided by the author.

The previous editions all saw extensive media attention. This edition is expected to receive more attention.

A list of Top Ten Libraries in each category is available at:

This is the 10th edition of the HAPLR ratings. Ten libraries made it into all 10 editions!

They are:
Bridgeport Public Library WV
Carmel Clay Public Library IN
Columbus Metropolitan Library OH
Denver Public Library CO
Hennepin County Library MN
Naperville Public Library IL
Saint Charles City-County Library District MO
Santa Clara County Library CA
Twinsburg Public Library OH
Washington-Centerville Public Library

Fifteen libraries made it to the Top Ten list for the first time in 2010. They are:

Loudoun County Public Library VA
Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library IN
Wayne County Public Library OH
Champaign Public Library IL
Westerville Public Library OH
Algonquin Area Public Library District IL
Elk Grove Village Public Library IL
Burton Public Library OH
Canal Fulton Public Library OH
John A Stahl Library NE
Orange Beach Public Library AL
Beresford Public Library SD
Grand Marais Public Library MN
Rock Creek Public Library OH
Eagle Public Library AK

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Thomas J. Hennen Jr.
6014 Spring Street
Racine, WI 53406

Contact by phone: 262-886-1625
Cell phone: 262-880-7055

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