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Library earns top rating of trade journal

Published 2:01 pm, Thursday, December 5, 2013
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The Westport Library has earned the highest rating in its budget class from a top library trade journal.

Library Journal gave Westport a five-star rating and ranked it No. 2 nationally among libraries with annual operating budgets of $5 million to $9.9 million, the library said in a news release.

The only other Connecticut library in its class to earn five stars was Greenwich, which ranked sixth, according to the release. Nationally, 86 libraries -- less than 1 percent -- received five stars from the journal.

The journal measures libraries on a per capita basis, examining how many times they are visited in a year, how many people attend programs, the number of sessions logged on 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 ranking is a direct reflection of the intellectual curiosity Westport is famous for," Westport Library Director Maxine Bleiweis said in the release. "A community of people who seek out information, expand their horizons and learn with others equals a vibrant place to live. Our challenge will be to remain strong during a time of 21st century learning as we go forward."