In both 2012 and 2013, the prestigious Library Journal awarded Lakewood Public Library Four Stars for libraries with a budget between $1,000,000 and $4,999,999. Read more about how Lakewood Public Library stacked up against its peers 2012 and in 2013.
A Top Ten American Library HAPLR Index
Despite construction of the new Main Library, Lakewood continued to place in the top ten of Hennen's American Public Library Ratings between 2008 and 2010. In 2006 Lakewood Public Library ranked number one (our third first place ranking). In 2004 and 2005, the Library placed second. In 2003 Lakewood Public Library was ranked number one among 541 public libraries--with the highest score in any population category. In 2002 Lakewood Public Library was ranked number one among 523 libraries compared. There were no 2001 or 2007 rankings.

In 2003, Cleveland Scene named Lakewood Public Library the Best Library noting that "for true bibliophiles, there isn't a better place to get a fix than within these stacks... There's a sprawling nonfiction section, a mammoth children's room, and plentiful alcoves that give sanctuary to reading introverts. The librarian's picks almost always hit the spot. And if it all seems overwhelming, seek out the reference desk, staffed by kind-hearted oracles who know the answer to your question before you ask it."

We were also singled out by Scene in 2000, 2007, 2009 and 2012 for our Friends Book Sales, our top-notch children's area, our movie nights and our friendly, open atmosphere. Best of all, they namechecked us in 2011 when they declared Lakewood to be Cleveland's Best Suburb.

In the October 2003 issue of Cleveland Magazine Lakewood Public Library was named as having the Best Children's Section at a Library, saying that the "children's department is one of the biggest reasons the library is currently ranked No. 1" (see HAPLR above)...
Parents Pick 08 Winner
Winner of Nickelodeon's 2008 Parents' Picks Awards for Best Library for Little Kids