Friday, April 19, 2024

Here’s something: Williamsburg Regional Library named one of the best public libraries in the nation

A national ranking of public libraries has named the Williamsburg Regional Library a one of the best public libraries in the nation.

The national publication Library Journal has rated Williamsburg Regional Library as one of the best public libraries in the U.S., naming WRL as one of only two libraries in Virginia to receive star ratings.

The Library Journal star ratings are earned by only 4 percent of the 6,333 public libraries measured nationwide. Click here for details of the star rating system.

The magazine assigns libraries star ratings similar to those used by Michelin and other travel guides, according to a news release from the Williamsburg Regional Library.

The ratings reflect per capita measures of circulation of library materials, visits to the library, library program attendance, and library computer and WiFi use.

“The library is thrilled to receive this national recognition,” said Betsy Fowler, Williamsburg Regional Library director. “The star rating is an honor shared by the entire community, library board, local government, library staff, and our wonderful Friends of the Library.  WRL is a vibrant center of community life because it serves an amazing community of library supporters.”

The Library Journal Index scores and star ratings are based on data reported annually by public libraries to their state library agencies and compiled nationally by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. These numbers reflect direct, quantifiable measures of library services, according to the news release.

“The Board of Trustees is pleased that the library has been awarded a star rating by Library Journal,” said WRL board of trustees Chairwoman Natalie Miller-Moore. “We are proud of what the library staff have done to make WRL one of the top public libraries in the country, because of our drive to provide excellent service, programs, and materials. I love to see national recognition for our library.”

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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