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.