Kenton Co. Library ranks best in Ky.

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - The Kenton County Public Library was ranked number one in the state of Kentucky according to a recently released national survey.

The staff of Hennen's American Public Library Ratings (HALPR) Index just released a comparison of libraries throughout America using annual report data submitted by individual libraries. The HALPR Index reviewed information from more than 9,000 libraries. The survey evaluated information from 116 libraries in Kentucky.

"We are very excited to be listed as the number one library in the state," said executive director Dave Schroeder. "We are constantly trying to improve on everything we do - whether it's our customer service, increasing our online offerings, securing new materials or providing free programming for the community. To be recognized publicly as one of the best libraries in the state is really a tribute to the Library's staff and the Board of Trustees and their dedication to our community."

The HALPR Index includes 15 factors with a focus on each libraries circulation, staffing, materials, reference service and funding levels. Population is also a consideration. And while the use of technology is increasing in libraries throughout the nation in regards to offering Internet service and online reference searches, not enough libraries are able to provide accurate data for a reasonable comparison for the HALPR Index. The HALPR Index provides library systems a comparative ranking system that they can use to evaluate and improve areas of service.

The Kenton County Public Library has three locations - Covington, Erlanger and Durr near Independence. There is also a fourth branch which is the Virtual Library online at

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