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Williamsburg Regional Library receives high rating for sixth straight year

12/5/2013, 12:11 p.m.

A national ranking of public libraries has once again named Williamsburg Regional Library a star.

For the sixth consecutive time the national publication “Library Journal” has rated Williamsburg Regional Library (WRL) as one of the best public libraries in the U.S. by naming it a four-star library, one of only three in Virginia. A trio of other libraries in Virginia received three stars. WRL is among 89 four-star libraries nationwide, and is one of only 10 four-star libraries within its expenditure range. The statistical category in which WRL excels is program attendance per capita, ranking in the top 20% of comparable libraries. The “Library Journal” star ratings are earned by only 3% of the more than 7,500 public libraries measured nationwide.

The magazine’s rankings assign libraries star ratings similar to those used by Michelin and other travel guides. The ratings measure circulation of collection materials, number of visits, program attendance and Internet use.

“The Board of Trustees are delighted that the library has again this year been awarded a four-star ranking by ‘Library Journal’,” said WRL Board of Trustees chair Jean Van Tol. “We congratulate the staff, who by their continuing dedication to excellence, has made this award possible and keeps us in the forefront of the country's public libraries,” she said.

Williamsburg Regional Library consists of the James City County Library, Mobile Library Services and the Williamsburg Library and serves more than 85,000 people in the City of Williamsburg, James City County and York County.