Santa Clara County Library District Ranked #2 Library System in Nation by Library Journal

Received 5-Star rating in 2022 for Library Services

The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) has been given a 5-Star rating in 2022 and named a Star Library for the fifteenth straight year by the Library Journal. Among the 5,359 public libraries reviewed, the 2022 Index of Public Library Service also ranks SCCLD second in the U.S. for library systems with budgets of more than $30 million. SCCLD moved from 5th in 2021 to 2nd in 2022.

“This is a wonderful way to wrap up the year and recognize the hard work and dedication of our staff,” said County Librarian Jennifer Weeks. “Our team brings their “A” game every day and this declaration is recognition of that. I am extremely proud of the tremendous effort that went into improving upon our already excellent service.”

The factors going into the rankings were library item circulation rates (both physical and eMaterials), library visits and program attendance, public computer users and Wi-Fi sessions, electronic retrievals and website visits, plus service populations. SCCLD showed the largest improvements from its 2021 score around offerings from its 24/7 Online Library. This came following heavy promotion of the many valuable resources available within the Online Library, as well as the online eCard registration platform for non-library cardholders during the pandemic. SCCLD increased the number, variety, and provided easy accessibility to eBooks, eMagazines, eAudiobooks, databases, and other resources offered to patrons. SCCLD also had a higher circulation of physical materials, even compared to other systems with almost twice the population.

“I am so proud of what the Library District has been able to accomplish,” said Mike Wasserman, President of the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and President of the Library Joint Powers Authority Board. “The thoughtful services, resources as diverse as the people of Santa Clara County, and most importantly, the commitment of every person working for the Library District to serve their communities – all make the District a five-star organization and now the #2 library district in the nation!”

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