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Westport Library Earns 5-Star Library Status From 'Library Journal'

The Westport Library has once again earned “5-Star Library” status from "Library Journal," the nation’s premier publication for libraries.
The Westport Library has once again earned “5-Star Library” status from "Library Journal," the nation’s premier publication for libraries. Photo Credit: Westport Library Facebook

WESTPORT, Conn. -- The Westport Library once again has earned “5-Star Library” status from "Library Journal," the nation’s premier publication for libraries.

The library was granted the same status in 2013.

This annual ranking is a reflection of how a public library is used by its community. Less than 1 percent of public libraries in the nation received 5 Star Library status. The Journal ranks libraries on a per capita basis according to how many times they are visited each year, how many people attend programs, the number of sessions logged on public library computers and how many items are borrowed.

The data is collected from local libraries annually by state library agencies and compiled nationally by the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

“This recognition is the latest example of how much this community values its public library,” said Executive Director Bill Harmer. “The Westport Library is one of only ten libraries in the country to receive five stars in its budget category, and one of only two in Connecticut. Our sincere gratitude goes out to our supporters, board members, Library staff and volunteers, all of whom make this place what it is.”

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