On the heels of being awarded numerous other accolades for 2019 including Pennsylvania Library Association’s State Library of the Year Award, the Chester County Library was named as one of America’s Top-Rated Libraries – earning the designation as a Star Library by the profession’s leading periodical, Library Journal.
This is the second year the Chester County Library (CCL) has received this distinction in the twelve years that Library Journal has published this index. This year, the index evaluated 6,333 U.S. public libraries across the country. CCL joins just 261 other libraries honored in the nation.
The designation groups libraries with similar operating budgets together, then rates the libraries in five main categories: number of visitors, circulation, program attendance, public Internet use, and electronic circulation. Libraries were evaluated and compared based on expenditure categories. In order to qualify for consideration, libraries must be a public entity, have a service area with a population of at least 1,000 residents, and have a total operating expenditure of at least $10,000. CCL received a three-star designation within the $5 million–$9.9 million expenditure category.
"This national recognition demonstrates the library staff’s dedication and commitment to our community," said Marguerite Dube, Director of the Chester County Library and Henrietta Hankin Branch Library. “I am extremely grateful to our staff, volunteers, the Board of Trustees and the County Commissioners for their ongoing support.”
CCL’s star status is a direct reflection of the community's engagement both physically at the library and through the use of the library's remote services through chescolibraries.org. For more information on the top-rated libraries in America, visit libraryjournal.com.
The mission of the Chester County and Henrietta Hankin Branch Libraries is to provide informational, educational and cultural services to the residents of Chester County so that they may be lifelong learners. The Chester County Library & District Center is located at 450 Exton Square Parkway, Exton, PA. For hours or more information, visit chescolibraries.org.