For Fourth Year In A Row, Santa Monica Public Library Earns Five-Star Rating

Tuesday, 3 Dec 2013, 9:06:00 AM

Brenton Garen

For the fourth year in a row, the Santa Monica Public Library has earned top marks from Library Journal’s national rating of public libraries.
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For the fourth year in a row, the Santa Monica Public Library has earned top marks from Library Journal’s national rating of public libraries.

The Santa Monica Public Library has earned top marks from

Library Journal’s national rating of public libraries – the only

Southern California library to earn the prestigious five-star rating.

This is the fourth year in a row the library has earned this accolade.

The Library Journal

(LJ) Index of Public Library Service 2013 ratings, announced Nov. 1, are based on 2011 data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. 

The

LJ Index ranked 7,573 public libraries on the level of service

they provide by evaluating per capita circulation, visits, program

attendance and public Internet computer use. A total of 263 public

libraries earned three, four, or the highest, five-star

rating.

The LJ

Index offers an overall indication of how a library’s performance

stacks up to peer libraries and provides guidance on how public

libraries can better inform their stakeholders

of achievements, service opportunities, and improve library awareness

and funding.

Acting City Librarian Wright Rix said the

Santa Monica Public Library is a vibrant community center where people

connect with new ideas by checking out library materials, getting online

and taking part in events like author visits

and storytimes.

"Whether you are interested in learning, recreation or

pursuing career goals, the library contains a wealth of resources,” Rix said.

The

Library offers a variety of services and engaging programs for all ages

and interests at four neighborhood library locations.

For more

information, visit a Santa Monica Public Library branch

or the Library’s web site www.smpl.org.

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