Santa Clara County Library District Earns Top Rating in National Publication

For Immediate Release:
November 19, 2013

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF.  For the 12th consecutive year, the Santa Clara County Library District (SCCLD) has been rated among the top public libraries in the United States.  This year, SCCLD was awarded the top rating of five stars, and ranked fourth among large libraries in the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service in 2013.

This is the first year the Santa Clara County Library District has earned a five star rating, and represents an improvement over its 2012 four star rating and sixth place ranking among large public libraries in the United States.

“Great news, and really gratifying to hear,” said Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, Delegate for the County Library District Joint Powers Authority.  “Local residents want world class libraries and we’re all the better for it.”

Library Journal is the library field’s leading professional publication and developed its national ranking of public libraries from per capita statistics. The ratings are based on four categories, including library visits, circulation, program attendance and public Internet computer use.

Libraries were grouped by annual expenditures and then rated according to these four statistical categories.  Among public libraries in this category, SCCLD was one of only five institutions in the nation to earn a five star rating. This year’s rankings relied on 2011 data that libraries reported to the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.

“We are very proud of this accomplishment,” noted County Librarian, Nancy Howe.  “This five star rating demonstrates the high quality resources, programs and materials available to District residents. It is wonderful to be surrounded by intelligent, hard-working individuals who are dedicated to providing outstanding service to all our users.” 

About the Santa Clara County Library District

Known as one of America’s best 100 public libraries, the Santa Clara County Library District promotes knowledge, ideas, and cultural enrichment. Its collection includes more than 1.9 million books, videos, CDs, DVDs, audiobooks, eBooks and extensive online resources accessible from home or work.

For twelve years, the Library has ranked as one of the best in the nation for its size by Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings. Also recognized as one of America’s 2013 Star Libraries by Library Journal, the Santa Clara County Library District is one of the most-used public resources in the region.

The Santa Clara County Library District 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. In 2013, the Santa Clara County Library District had more than 215,000 library cardholders and welcomed 3.2 million visitors who borrowed 9.7 million items.  Visit Santa Clara County Library District online at


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