Library rated top-notch in its class

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.

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 library’s 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 got five stars in the $200,000 to $399,900 budget category and Darien Library received five stars in the $1 million to $5 million budget category.

Within the last year, the library launched a new strategic plan charting the institution’s future course and several initiatives have already been implemented. The library also continues to serve as a safe haven for the community during states of emergency, most recently hosting more than 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 Nov. 8, 2012 print edition of Library Journal or go online to Libraryjournal.com.

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