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THE WESTPORT LIBRARY EARNS “5-STAR LIBRARY” STATUS FOR THE SECOND YEAR IN A ROW FROM LIBRARY JOURNAL

November 11, 2016

5 starThe Westport Library has once again earned “5-Star Library” status from Library Journal, the nation’s premier publication for libraries. The Library was also granted the 5-Star status in 2013 and 2015. This annual ranking is a reflection of how a public library is used by its community and this year’s places the Westport Library in the top 1% of the nation’s public libraries. Only one other library in Connecticut received a 5-star rating (Greenwich Library.) The rating is based ondata reported by local libraries to their state library agencies and compiled by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This recognition is the fifth time that the Westport Library has been selected in the nine-year existence of the prestigious award.

The Journal ranks libraries on a per capita basis according how many times they are visited each year, how many people attend programs, the number of sessions logged on public library computers and how many items are borrowed.  This year a fifth measure, circulation of electronic materials, was added. The data is collected from local libraries annually by state library agencies and compiled nationally by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

“Each day, the Library staff thrives on creating quality Library services for Westport residents,” said Executive Director Bill Harmer. “We take our stewardship responsibility seriously and work to provide the community the most value for their investment. The Westport Library is one of only ten libraries in the country to receive five stars in its budget category. Our sincere gratitude goes out to our supporters, board members, Library staff and volunteers, all of whom make this place special.”

Full announcement available at lj.libraryjournal.com.