PROVINCETOWN PUBLIC LIBRARY RANKED NO. 1 IN UNITED STATES

Ptown Library wins Library Journal award for second consecutive year.

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Provincetown, MA – The Library Journal, the most trusted and respected publication for the library community, has named Provincetown Public Library as the top ranked library in the United States, using the 2015 LJ Index. This is the second consecutive year the Provincetown Public Library has received the award.
“We are very excited for the Provincetown Public Library. This award reflects how successful its programs are and how important the Library is in the life of this community.” Anthony Fuccillo, Provincetown Director of Tourism, said. “The Provincetown Public Library is part of the great history of the town. It has been a resource for residents and tourists alike and a place where history buffs can locate hard-to-find information about some of the first settlers of America. This is a great achievement for a small town best known for its thriving LGBTQ community.”
The LJ Index is a measurement tool that compares U.S. public libraries with their spending peers based on four per capita output measures: circulation, library visits, program attendance, and public Internet computer use. Scores on the LJ Index are produced by measuring the relationships between each library’s statistics and the averages for its expenditure category. The Provincetown Public Library ranks against all libraries with an expenditure range of $400,000-$999,999. A Five Star Service ranking accompanies the first place award.
The scores and star ratings are drawn from data reported annually by public libraries to their state library agencies and are compiled nationally by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). In 2015, the Index also considered involvement in innovative projects as well as the outcomes of such initiatives into the ranking system.
The Provincetown Public Library was originally constructed in 1860 as the Center Methodist Episcopal Church, believed to be the largest church of Methodist denomination in the United States at that time. In 1975, the building received certification to be added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Today, the library is a major tourist attraction in Provincetown – America’s First Destination – where the Pilgrims first landed in the New World in 1620. It hosts an expansive collection and the town’s historic archive and is home to the half scale replica of the Rose Dorothea, the 1907 Lipton Cup winner. The model was constructed over an 11-year period and now lives in the top floor of the library, which is dedicated to providing the community with enriching, innovative programming and initiatives. For a complete history of the Provincetown Public Library, visit provincetownlibrary.org.

The historic Provincetown Public Library is one of the many reasons the town has accumulated so many prestigious awards for being one of the best small cultural towns in America, including Smithsonian magazine naming Provincetown one of the “Top 20 Best Small Towns to Visit” and being named one of the “10 Best Small Towns in America” by Fodor’s Travel. We must mention GayCities.com named Ptown the “Best Gay Resort Town in America” the past two years in a row.

For more information about the Library Journal and the LJ Index, visit http://lj.libraryjournal.com/.