The Huffington Report on Thursday unveiled the list of the top 25 public libraries in the U.S. and ranked them based on the quality of its facilities, its library experience and the quality and accessibility of its services.
The top 25 are in alphabetical order, and they represent more than 100 public libraries across the country.
The list, which was compiled using a system of peer review and feedback from readers, community members, library users and others, comes on the heels of President Donald Trump’s recent announcement that he was scrapping the federal budget.
A few highlights:1.
The National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, is ranked #1 on the list.
It offers a diverse library offering and a community-centered approach to library services, which makes it a great choice for seniors, the disabled and adults with limited mobility.
Pierce Public Library in San Diego, California, is #2 on the lists.
The library offers an extensive library with a community focused approach.
San Francisco Public Library, a community library that offers a wide variety of resources, is listed #3 on the rankings.
Its library features a variety of books, magazines and interactive programs for people of all ages.
Tustin Public Library of California, a San Francisco public library that provides access to over a thousand books in multiple formats and is the largest library in the country, is named #4 on the new list.
It has a vibrant library experience, and it’s located on the city’s waterfront.
Lighthouse Public Library is listed as #5 on the latest rankings.
It offers an expansive library experience with an emphasis on social and community services.
Rice University Libraries in Oklahoma City and Houston are #6 on the 2017 rankings.
They have the largest libraries in Texas, Oklahoma and Houston.
Albany Public Library and its sister institution, the University of New York at Albany, are #7 on the ranking.
It is the only public library in New York City with a full-time library manager.
St. Cloud State University Libraries, located in Minnesota, is a #8 on the 2016 ranking.
The university has an extensive collection of books and resources.
Columbia University Libraries are ranked #9 on the most recent rankings.
Columbia’s library offers a library experience that focuses on providing a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for all members of the campus community.
Fountain Hills Public Library & Archives in West Palm Beach, Florida, is also ranked #10 on the 2018 ranking.
They are located in a neighborhood with a high concentration of seniors and disabled people, and offer a diverse collection of library services.
They offer a number of programs for adults and students.
Vassar College Libraries, in New Jersey, is one of the first public libraries to offer a digital reading program, and the school’s online library is one the top libraries in New England.
The school has a library that has a large selection of books on its bookshelves.
Mountain View Public Library – a public library serving Palo Alto, California – is #13 on the 2019 rankings.
Harrison Community Library, in Fresno, California is #14 on the 2021 ranking.
Its large collection of printed books, including a large number of fiction and nonfiction books, offers a great library experience.
East Los Angeles Public Library serves a large population of Latino residents.
It also offers an array of books for adults, including children’s, graphic novels, audiobooks and children’s educational books.
University of North Carolina Libraries in Chapel Hill and Raleigh are #15 on the 2021 rankings.
This community-based library also offers a digital library.
Inkster Public Library’s collection includes over 100 titles including popular children’s books, as well as a variety for adults.
It serves more than 1.4 million readers.
Cedar Ridge Public Library at the University at Albany is #18 on the 2024 ranking.
Cedar Ridge is the oldest public library at the university and is home to a large collection.
Bethany Library of Washington is ranked as #19 on the 2025 rankings.
Bethany’s collection of over 50,000 books is a great addition to the library.
It’s located in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
Sandy Springs Public Library , located in Las Vegas, Nevada, is the top public library for senior citizens and disabled adults in the United States.
It includes a full library, a dedicated child care center, and a library for seniors.
Nassau County Library System is ranked at #20 on the 21st ranking.
This is the second largest