Santa Clara County Library District Earns Four-Star Rating from National Publication to Cap Banner Year

For Immediate Release
December 27, 2018

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Library District adds award to list of achievements in 2018

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. – The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) has been rated as the 7th best library system in the country and 1st in California with expenditures over $30 million, receiving a four-star rating from the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. The national rating system recognizes top performing public libraries across the nation. SCCLD has been named a Star Library for 11 consecutive years, since the inception of the award by Library Journal.

“This four-star rating validates how we deliver not only high quality resources, but also valuable programs and relevant materials,” said SCCLD County Librarian, Nancy Howe. “We could not have reached this goal without our dedicated staff and volunteers, who are committed to providing such outstanding services to our patrons.” 

Some of SCCLD’s major accomplishments for 2018 include:

  • Introducing 4 new Go Go Biblio electric vehicles to bring library out to our communities
  • Our first ever Food For Fines program that removed fines for almost 8,000 cardholders and generated 36,000 pounds of food for Second Harvest Food Bank
  • Record participation for the Lunch at the Library and Summer Reading programs
  • Celebrating 16 years of Silicon Valley Reads, the community engagement program
  • Additional service hours for Saratoga, Woodland, Cupertino and Morgan Hill libraries
  • Offering popular new passport services at Milpitas and Cupertino libraries
About the Santa Clara County Library District

The Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) promotes knowledge, ideas, and cultural enrichment. Its collection includes more than 2 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks and extensive online resources accessible from home or work. In 2014, SCCLD celebrated one hundred years of service to local residents. For the last eleven years, SCCLD has been recognized as one of America’s Star Libraries by Library Journal, which in 2018 ranked SCCLD among the top ten large libraries in the United States in its Index of Public Library Service. In 2014 and 2015, SCCLD won Innovator Awards from the Urban Libraries Council.

SCCLD includes two bookmobiles, an online library, seven community libraries and one branch library serving Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Saratoga and the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. During Fiscal Year 2017-18, SCCLD had more than 350,000 library account holders and welcomed 3.3 million visitors, who borrowed 9.3 million items.

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Nancy Howe/Diane Roche/Erik Sanjurjo
Santa Clara County Library District
(408) 293-2326 ext. 3001/3002/3014