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Santa Monica Library Gets Top Rating


By Lookout Staff

October 28, 2010 – The Library Journal this month gave the Santa Monica Public Library a top rating of five stars in its LJ Index of Public Library Service 2010.

Using 2008 data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the LJ Index rated 7,407 public libraries on the level of service they provided and identified 258 star libraries.

The LJ Index 2010 gives five, four, or three stars to the top libraries rated based on per capita statistics that included visits, circulation, program attendance, and public Internet computer use.

"Library staff is working hard to help residents cope with the economy, educational needs and personal interests, and we're happy to be rated among the top libraries in the nation,” said Library Director Greg Mullen.

“Our goal is to help each person be successful, and this rating quantifies how we are making a difference in the community," Mullen said.

The LJ Index offers an overall indication of how a library's performance stacks up to peer libraries and provides guidance on how public libraries can better assess and improve the services they present to users.

The Santa Monica Public Library offers a variety of services and engaging programs for all ages at four neighborhood library locations. For more information about the library, its programs, and services visit your local branch or

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