A national ranking of public libraries has once again named Williamsburg Regional Library a star.
For the eighth consecutive year, the national publication Library Journal has rated Williamsburg Regional Library (WRL) as one of the best public libraries in the U.S., naming WRL as one of only three libraries in Virginia to receive star ratings. The Library Journal star ratings are earned by only 3% of the 7,663 public libraries measured nationwide.
The magazine assigns libraries star ratings similar to those used by Michelin and other travel guides. The ratings are based on per capita measures of circulation of library materials, number of visits to the library, library program attendance, and library computer use.
“The Board of Trustees is pleased that the library has again this year been awarded a star rating by Library Journal,” said WRL Board of Trustees chair Bill Porter. “I am proud of what the staff members have done to make WRL one of the top public libraries in the country, and I am delighted to be a part of such an excellent organization and a member of a wonderfully dedicated Board,” he said.
Library Director Genevieve S. Owens said, “This rating is made possible by the hard work of all our library staff members and our Board of Trustees as well as strong support from our local governments, the WRL Foundation, and the Friends of WRL.”
Williamsburg Regional Library consists of the James City County Library, Mobile Library Services, and the Williamsburg Library and serves more than 83,000 people in the City of Williamsburg, James City County, and York County.