Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Williamsburg Regional Library Receives Star Library Rating for 12th Year

(WYDaily file)

WILLIAMSBURG — For the 12th year, Williamsburg Regional Library has been recognized as one of the top public libraries in the country by Library Journal. 

According to a press release, out of 5,359 U.S. public libraries qualified to be ranked in 2022, Williamsburg Regional Library (WRL) is among only 4.8% given a Star Library status by Library Journal, a prestigious national publication. WRL received a three-star rating.  

Since Library Journal began this ranking system 15 years ago, WRL has made the list 12 times.

“We are honored to join only five other libraries in Virginia to receive a Star Library rating this year,” said Library Director Betsy Fowler. “Receiving recognition from Library Journal for so many years solidifies how WRL plays a vital role in inspiring the citizens of the Historic Triangle through innovative programming, materials, and services.” 

The magazine assigns libraries star ratings based on direct measures of library services, such as circulation of library materials per capita, number of visits to the library, library program attendance, and library computer and WiFi use. Library Journal scores that drive its 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. 

“This national recognition would not be possible without the continuous support and investment in our regional system by James City County, the City of Williamsburg, and York County, as well as the work of the library board and the contributions of donors, volunteers, and the Friends of the Williamsburg Regional Library Foundation,” Fowler said.

For more information about the Williamsburg Regional Library and what it offers, visit its official website.

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