For the third year in a row, Kent District Library has been recognized as one of America’s Star Libraries, as rated by the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service. KDL was one of only four libraries in Michigan to receive this honor. Ann Arbor District Library, Bloomfield Township Public Library and Plymouth District Library were also ranked as Star Libraries.
Library Journal scored over 7,000 public libraries and identified 262 star performers in 2012. Library scores are based on circulation, number of visitors, program attendance and public Internet terminal use. Libraries are ranked by category, based on operating expenditures, and the top libraries in each category are recognized as a Star Library.
“We are thrilled that Kent District Library has received this accolade and appreciate the support that our patrons and communities have shown over the years,” said Lance Werner, KDL’s Director. “The Star Library designation is welcome confirmation that KDL provides the library services that our residents want and need in their lives.”
In 2011, Kent District Library circulated over 6.8 million items. Over 3.3 million people visited a KDL branch and nearly 152,000 people attended a KDL program. 406,000 people accessed the Internet via a KDL public computer. Due to changes in personal computing and the popularity of mobile devices, an additional 300,000 people access the Internet through KDL’s wireless access.