Library Journal names Greenwich Library a five-star library

Greenwich Library has been named a five-star library for the seventh time by Library Journal. The rating is based on 2013 data reported by local libraries to their state library agencies and compiled by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This is the eighth time that Greenwich Library has been recognized as an outstanding library during this prestigious award’s eight-year existence.

“We are honored to be consistently recognized at the highest level by Library Journal. This acknowledgement is directly tied to the community’s use and value of the Library and its resources,” said Barbara Ormerod-Glynn, Greenwich Library Director. “This year has been an exciting one with access to new online resources such as The New York Times.com, video instruction from Lynda.com, as well as dramatic increases in patron demand for  streaming  and downloadable music, movies, magazines, eBooks and eAudiobooks to complement our physical collections.”

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 range of operating expenditures are assigned five, four, or three stars. In 2015, 7,663 U.S. public libraries were scored with 261 libraries receiving stars.

Greenwich Library was ranked ninth in the nation among the 209 scored public libraries with budgets between $5 million and $10 million. Two other Fairfield County libraries were recognized. Westport Library received five stars in the $1-$4.9 million budget category and Darien Library received five stars in the $1 – 4.9 million category. Two additional CT libraries with budgets under $200K (Cornwall and Falls Village) received three-star ratings.

Greenwich Library is halfway through its five-year Strategic Plan: Connecting Our Community. This year, staff focused on a collection evaluation to identify best uses of Library funds and launched a comprehensive master plan study with an architect and space planner with Library staff and trustees to reimagine public spaces at the Main Library to reflect changes in technology and how people use the Library.

Earlier this fall, the Library, along with Berk Associates, conducted a Community Survey to examine the community’s views about Library services and priorities. The Library continues to build the framework for many more exciting improvements to come.

For more information on Greenwich Library’s five-star rating go to www.libraryjournal.com.

About Greenwich Library

The Greenwich Library system consists of the Main Library and its Byram Shubert and Cos Cob branches.  The mission of Greenwich Library is to provide exceptional resources, programs and services that promote the joy of lifelong learning and discovery, and to offer a welcoming place for people to gather and share experiences. With 1,400 programs and events per year, the Library seeks to serve as the cultural and intellectual crossroads of the community.  Greenwich Library has a total circulation of about 1.5 million, the highest reported in Connecticut.  Greenwich Library was recently named a five-star library by Library Journal for the seventh time. The Main Library is located at 101 West Putnam Avenue in Greenwich.  More information is available online at www.greenwichlibrary.org or by calling 203-622-7900.

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