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Posted on: January 11, 2022

MRSPL Receives 2021 "Star Library" Rating

MRSPL has been named one of "America's Star Libraries" in The Library Journal Index of Public Library Service 2021, which rates libraries nationally based on collection, programming, and use statistics.

2021 Library Journal Star Libraries

Mary Riley Styles Public Library has been named one of "America's Star Libraries" by Library Journal in its annual Index of Public Library Service. MRSPL is one of only 4 libraries in Virginal (and only 261 nationally) to receive this rating, which is based on an analysis of per capita collection, program, and use statistics from 5,864 public libraries across the country. This marks the 13th time MRSPL has received a star rating since the index was introduced in 2008. 

Statistics reviewed by Library Journal in its ratings include:

  • Circulation of physical materials
  • Circulation of electronic Materials
  • Library visits
  • Program attendance
  • Total Internet computer use
  • Public Wi-Fi Sessions
  • Electronic retrieval (of articles and other resources)

MRSPL was awarded 4 stars (out of a possible 3, 4 or 5 stars) and was one of only 30 libraries nationally to earn stars in its budget range ($1M - 4.9M). The 2021 index derives from data recently released by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for FY19. 

To learn more, view the complete JL Index of Public Library Service 2021 on www.libraryjournal.com

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