Ocean County Library ranked “Four Stars” by Library Journal

Ocean County Library ranked “Four Stars” by Library Journal

TOMS RIVER—For 85 years, Ocean County residents have recognized the impact of the Ocean County Library on the community. Thanks to a recent library trade journal, libraries across the country can see the impact that Ocean County Library has on its community.

Ocean County Library has been named a four-star library by the library magazine Library Journal in their October 2010 issue.

The Library Journal Index of Public Service ranked 7,407 public libraries and systems throughout the United States. Ocean County Library is one of the 258 libraries nationwide that earned a star ranking.

The rankings are based on statistical data including circulation of materials, program attendance, Internet usage and annual customer traffic. The rankings are based on a study by the Institute of Museum and Library Services from 2008. The study shows the increase of usage and importance of public library service since the onset of the recession.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

“Each and every day at the Library we work for the greater good of the public with no expectation of recognition beyond the hope that we served the people in our community to the best of our ability,” said Library Director Susan Quinn.

“Our staff is dedicated to providing the residents of Ocean County with excellence in library services and customer service at all times, and especially during very difficult economic times,” said Quinn.

This was the first time that Ocean County Library received a star ranking from Library Journal.

Ocean County Library was the seventh highest ranked library in the category for library systems its size. Ocean County Library was also the only library from the northeastern United States to receive a star ranking in its category.

The category is traditionally dominated by library systems from the Midwest and West. Ocean County Library is ranked with some of the country’s best libraries, including Cleveland Public Library, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Denver Public Library, Seattle Public Library, San Francisco Public Library, Salt Lake City Public Library and San Jose Public Library.

Five other New Jersey libraries received star rankings from Library Journal in their respective categories: Mercer County Library, Lawrenceville; Somerset County Library, Bridgewater; Avalon Free Public Library, Princeton Public Library and Bernardsville Public Library.

“I would like to thank the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, the Ocean County Library Commission, the Ocean County Library Foundation, our Friends of the Libraries groups, our customers and staff, and the many organizations and community groups whom we have partnered with,” said Quinn.

“They have helped us achieve the recognition that we are not only the best library system in the state of New Jersey—but one of the best library systems in the entire nation,” she said.

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