Greenwich Library rated a five-star library for the fourth time
Greenwich Library has been named a five-star library for the fourth time by Library Journal. The rating is based on 2010 data reported by local libraries to their state library agencies and compiled by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This is the fifth time Greenwich Library has been recognized as an outstanding library during this prestigious rating's five-year existence.
"We are thrilled that Greenwich Library has again been selected as one of the nation's top libraries," said Nancy Better, President of the Board of Trustees. "This award is quite timely, given the tremendous effort by our staff in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. We are honored to be recognized for exceptional service to our community."
The Library Journal index of public library service is determined equally by four related per capita output indicators: visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet computer use. The top libraries in each category, organized by ranges of operating expenditures, are assigned five, four, or three stars.
Greenwich Library was ranked seventh in the nation among public libraries with budgets between $5 million and $10 million. Two other Connecticut libraries received ratings: Norfolk Library (five stars in the $200,000 to $399,900 budget category) and Darien Library (five stars in the $1 million to $5 million budget category).
This has been an exciting year for Greenwich Library. A new Strategic Plan charting the institution's future course was launched in June and several initiatives have already been implemented. The Library continues to serve as a safe haven for the community during states of emergency, most recently hosting over 6,000 patrons in a single day across all three branches after Hurricane Sandy.
For further information on Greenwich Library's five-star rating, see the November 8, 2012 print edition of Library Journal and or go online to www.libraryjournal.com.