SLC Public Library receives high rankings for public service

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt City Public Library received a 5-star rating for public library service in 2013.

The rating was bestowed by the Library Journal’s Index, according to a press release from the city library, 210 E. 400 South. This is the fifth time since 2009 that the library has received this ranking.

The city library joins 11 libraries its size nationwide that were also given a 5-star rating, the release stated.

“This award is a real testament to the community’s commitment to this library,” said Salt Lake City Public Library Executive Director John Spears in the release. “It showcases the cooperation, enthusiasm and dedication that the City Library staff display on a daily basis.”

Attaining the status of a Star Library is becoming more competitive each year, the release stated.  Four other libraries in the state were included in this year’s Star Library Index. The other libraries are Salt Lake County Library System, Grand County Public Library in Moab, Mt. Pleasant Public Library and Lewiston Public Library.

All four received a 3-star rating.

Ratings are based on four per capita measures: circulation, visits, program attendance and public Internet computer use, the release stated. These measures are broken into peer-group categories based on total annual operating expenditures.