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February 22, 2017 -- The Santa Monica Public Library has once again been ranked as one of the top libraries in the nation by the Library Journal (LB), City officials announced Wednesday.

It is the seventh year in a row the library has earned a Five-Star Rating Index. The rating is based on the journal's Public Library Service 2016 ratings of 7,349 public libraries, officials said.

Only 260 public libraries earned three, four, or the highest, five-star rating, officials said.

The rating is based on the level of service a library provides "by evaluating per capita circulation, visits, program attendance and public Internet computer use," library officials said.

A fifth category -- the circulation of electronic materials (e-circ) -- was added to the scoring for the first time last year to measure the use of ebooks and downloadable audio and video.

“It is an honor to once again receive a Five-Star rating from Library Journal," said Erica Cuyugan, interim director of Library Services. "The Santa Monica Public Library has been a well-used, cherished part of this community for one hundred and twenty-five years."

The library, which had more than 2.1 million total visitors in 2016, has adopted a new strategic plan that will help it "meet community needs by being a vibrant, responsive, and collaborative institution," officials said.

Among the programs offered are a pop-up library that has included a location on the beach, summer reading programs and interactive festivals and classes.

"The LJ Index offers an overall indication of how a library’s performance stacks up to peer libraries and provides guidance on how public libraries can better inform their stakeholders of achievements, service opportunities, and improve library awareness and funding," officials said.

The Library offers a variety of services and programs for all ages and interests at five neighborhood library locations.

For more information, visit a Santa Monica Public Library branch or the Library’s web site

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