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Wright Memorial Public Library named Five-Star Library in national rankingfive-star rating library journal, photo of library exterior

Wright Memorial Public Library moved up in the annual Library Journal Star Library ratings, earning a prestigious 5-Star rating, the publication announced this week. 

The library is among the top 10 libraries in per capita usage in the nation in the 2020 Library Journal Star Libraries Report. 

The Library Journal index, based on 2018 statistics, measures how much the local community uses key services of their public library compared to peer libraries. Wright Library received a 3-Star rating in 2017, and a 4-Star rating in 2018 and 2019.

"We are ecstatic to have received the 5-Star designation," said Library Director Kristi Hale. "It affirms just how deeply the community values and uses our services and collections.”

The five-star rating is the library's first since Library Journal began the rating system thirteen years ago.

Wright Library ranked 10th overall of libraries evaluated in its expenditure category ($1 million – $4.9 million).

The rating is based on physical item circulation, e-material circulation, library visits, program attendance, public computer usage, Wi-Fi sessions and electronic retrievals from library databases such as Consumer Reports, Ancestry, and others.