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Williamsburg Regional Library has been named a “star library” by the Library Journal for the eighth consecutive year.
The nationally published Library Journal is dedicated to recognizing the best public libraries in the country and assigns libraries star ratings similar to those used in travel guides.
The Williamsburg Library, James City County Library and Mobile Library Services all fall under the umbrella of the Williamsburg Regional Library, and collectively they serve more than 83,000 people in the Historic Triangle.
WRL is one of only three libraries in Virginia to receive a star rating this year. Nationwide, 3 percent of the more than 7,500 public libraries measured for the survey achieved star ratings.
When awarding star ratings the Library Journal takes several factors into account, including per capita measures of circulation of library materials, number of visits to the library, library program attendance and library computer use.
“I am proud of what the staff members have done to make WRL one of the top public libraries in the country, and I am delighted to be a part of such an excellent organization and a member of a wonderfully dedicated Board,” said WRL Board of Trustees chairman Bill Porter.
“This rating is made possible by the hard work of all our library staff members and our Board of Trustees as well as strong support from our local governments, the WRL Foundation, and the Friends of WRL,” Library Director Genevieve S. Owens said.