The Worthington Libraries has earned five stars, and it doesn't even have a wine list.

The Worthington Libraries has earned five stars, and it doesn't even have a wine list.

It does, however, serve its patrons so well that it has merited another top rating from the Library Journal, the trade publication that named it Library of the Year in 2007.

The new rating system awards stars similar to the stars earned by restaurants and hotels.

More than 7,000 libraries nationwide were evaluated, and only 84 received five stars. In central Ohio, that includes the Columbus, Upper Arlington, and Grandview Heights systems.

Fifteen library systems in Ohio received the top rating.

Libraries were evaluated on patron use, circulation, Internet use, and quality of programs.

Worthington's rating was based on its performance in its peer group, which meant libraries with total operating expenditures between $5-million and $10-million annually.

Worthington was ranked second in its peer group, behind only the Shaker Heights Public Library.

Earlier this month, the Worthington system was recognized by both the Government Finance Officers Association and the state auditor for its excellence in financial accountability and reporting.

Worthington Libraries director Meribah Mansfield said it was gratifying to see that the library's services measured favorably against other libraries of its size.

"Our goal is always to provide five-star service to everyone who walks through the door," she said.