For the second consecutive year, Henrico County Public Library (HCPL) earned a Star Library designation from Library Journal based on national rankings that consider per-capita circulation, visits, program attendance and public computer access.
HCPL was the only system in Virginia to receive a five-star rating, which is the highest class. It earned a four-star rating in 2013. HCPL was among four library systems in Virginia and 258 libraries or library systems in the United States recognized in 2014.
Library Journal, a national publication for library professionals, has compiled its list of Star Libraries annually since 2008. For 2014, Library Journal rated 7,586 public libraries across the country and awarded Star Library status to the top 30 libraries in groups with similar levels of expenditure.
“Henrico County Public Library is proud to once again be recognized as one of the country’s best library systems,” said Gerald M. McKenna, HCPL director. “The Star Library designation is a credit to our dedicated staff and volunteers as well as our supportive local government and Board of Supervisors. It also shows what a vital role libraries play in the lives of our residents.”
In Henrico, library patrons checked out 3.9 million items during more than 2 million visits to HCPL’s 10 locations in fiscal year 2013-14. Also recognized from Virginia were Mary Riley Styles Public Library, in Falls Church; Central Rappahannock Regional Library, in Fredericksburg; and Williamsburg Regional Library, in Williamsburg.
For information on the Star Library ratings, go to lj.libraryjournal.com.