Book lovers across America need to know the ‘story’ of these five great cities

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Book lovers who think that only major cities like Los Angeles, New York, Portland, San Francisco, Washington DC, etc. are at the top when it comes to books have a little surprise in store.

Some of the country’s book-friendly cities aren’t what many would expect.

A new study from rent.com ranks the best US cities book lovers Based on offers from each of 116867 libraries in the United States at the moment.

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In addition, the major cities in this survey have their own unique literary characteristics as well.

Bookworms might want to give these cities a closer ‘read’ – or check them out during Road trip this spring or summer.

Worthington, Ohio

Worthington, Ohio, was ranked no. It is the number one book-booking city in the United States, according to this survey.

An American flag stands tall in front of Old Worthington Library in Worthington, Ohio.  (Worthington Libraries)

An American flag stands tall in front of Old Worthington Library in Worthington, Ohio. (Worthington Libraries)

The small northern suburb of Columbus is known for its impressive library system which is made up of three locations – the Libraries of the Northwest, Old Worthington and Worthington Park.

On an average year, Worthington libraries distribute more than four million items, making this the ninth highest circulating system in Ohio, rent.com reports.

“We serve a community of enthusiastic readers and library supporters.”

“We were thrilled to hear of this rating!” Community Engagement Director Lisa Fuller shared with Fox News Digital in an email.

“We serve a community of enthusiastic readers and library supporters.”

The exterior of the Northwest Library in Worthington, Ohio is shown in this photo.  (Worthington Libraries)

The exterior of the Northwest Library in Worthington, Ohio is shown in this photo. (Worthington Libraries)

“Our buildings are bustling with activity as we prepare to start our annual summer reading club,” she said.

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Worthington bookstores offer a range of services, including summer film series, used book sales and author-focused events and appearances—including one by Margaret Atwood author of “The Handmaid’s Tale” scheduled for June 15, 2022.

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Ann Arbor, located on the Michigan Peninsula, has been ranked as the second best city for book lovers, according to the new study. It has one of the best library systems in America.

Michigan Stadium, the largest stadium in the United States, and the second largest in the world, is home to the Michigan Wolverines soccer team and the women's lacrosse team in Ann Arbor, Michigan on July 30, 2019 (Photo by Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

Michigan Stadium, the largest stadium in the United States, and the second largest in the world, is home to the Michigan Wolverines soccer team and the women’s lacrosse team in Ann Arbor, Michigan on July 30, 2019 (Photo by Raymond Boyd/Getty Images)

Home to the University of Michigan’s world-famous research program, the Ann Arbor Library System — made up of five separate campuses — has a total distribution of 690,709 items, according to rent.com.

It offers year-round events for adults and children.

Downtown Ann Arbor is home to several quaint, locally owned bookstores, including Dawn Treader and West Side Bookshops, specializing in second hand and rare selections.

Ann Arbor also holds several book festivals, such as the annual Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair, for all book lovers – sellers and readers alike – to gather

The three-story Literati Bookstore, founded by a Brooklyn couple, looks forward to spreading the love of the book.

Ann Arbor also holds several book festivals, such as the annual Ann Arbor Antiquarian Book Fair, for all book lovers—sellers and readers alike.

Provo, Utah

The city came third for the exceptional Provo City Library located in the former Brigham Young Academy building, says the new study.

Founded in 1905 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, Provo City Library boasts ornate architecture—giving the library an extravagant feel after spending $5.8 million on renovations and preservation in 1997.

A mural in downtown Provo, Utah, on Tuesday, January 22, 2018 (Photo by Evan Cope for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

A mural in downtown Provo, Utah, on Tuesday, January 22, 2018 (Photo by Evan Cope for The Washington Post via Getty Images)

The library, with a total circulation of 1,589,375, provides exhibition and art gallery space, as well as several large spaces. These include a ballroom available for reservation.

Library manager Jane Nelson confirmed in an email that the Provo population consists of “a lot” of book lovers, starting with the younger generation.

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“Our primary goal is to produce and present 30 regular stories to children per week, to encourage a love of books, reading and the library,” he wrote.

“Nearly 50% of our total distribution comes from our children’s library.”

Independently owned Provo bookstores such as Pioneer Book and Eborn Books have also been praised as community favorites for a variety of rare and general interest selections.

Hoover, Alabama

Hoover, Alabama, landed in fourth place for its library which is more than that.

Hoover Public Library lives up to its motto, “We are more than just a library,” with its unique offerings. They include a professional theater that hosts live performances; Technical training center. family activities; And a cafe.

Teens gather around a laptop while enjoying drinks at the Hoover Library Café in Hoover, Alabama.  (Hoover Library/Lance Shores)

Teens gather around a laptop while enjoying drinks at the Hoover Library Café in Hoover, Alabama. (Hoover Library/Lance Shores)

Amanda Borden, library director, told Fox News Digital that Hoover residents know they have a “very special library” as part of their community. She said the success of the library was due to its commitment to public service.

“From selecting books to planning programs to hiring employees, everything we do is customer service centered,” she said. We say it often: ‘We like books, but we like people’.

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“We are very focused on the future and finding ways to keep our library relevant,” she continued. “Our culture is one of innovation, creativity, exploration and saying ‘yes’ whenever we can.”

With a total circulation of 1,650,847 copies, the library is just south of Birmingham bringing it all home with free “Love on the Plaza” music events and game nights.

Naperville, Illinois

In the western suburbs of Chicago, Naperville, Illinois, is praised for its acclaimed schools and competitive library system.

The Naperville System, consisting of Nichols Bookstores, 95th Street and Naper Boulevard, has taken a unique approach to eliminating late fines on library books and other media.

The library claims on its website that the lax system has allowed customers to experience “increased flexibility” and better customer service.

With a total circulation of 3,905,798 items, patrons have saved $9,967,242 in total so far this year by checking out items instead of buying them, says the Naperville Library.

The library is famous for hosting authors from all over the world.

But Naperville is also known for the famous Anderson Bookstore, which has been selling books independently since 1875. It was named a small business for the Naperville Chamber of Commerce in 2010.

Besides other awards and certificates, the library is known for hosting authors from all over the world.

Anderson’s director of events and marketing, Jenny Werley Hemiter, told Fox News Digital how much the family-owned library means to the community.

“We are a big part of the history of Naperville,” she said.

“We care about what kind of community we represent in our library. That’s why we’re proud of that.”

“We’ve had several generations of people who have grown up go to Anderson to find their next great reading.”

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“Society matters to us,” she added.

She said, “Many of us work here, live here, and grew up here…we care about the kind of community we represent in our library. So we’re proud of that.”