Kent District Library Named Five-Star Library by Library Journal

Patron Engagement Leads to High Honor

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 received the highest score, a five-star rating.

KDL was compared to other libraries with similar annual expenditures and received the top honor due to the extent that KDL patrons use the library. Scores and star ratings are based on circulation of physical materials, circulation of electronic materials, library visits, library program attendance, public internet users, Wi-Fi sessions, library website visits and E-retrievals (usage of online content such as databases).

KDL had the highest program attendance per capita for any library in the index with a budget of $10 million or more.

“This award is a reflection that people use and place a high value on the services we provide,” said Lance Werner, Executive Director at KDL. “The Star Library designation is welcome confirmation that KDL provides the library offerings that our residents want and need in their lives.”  

The 2022 scores and ratings are based on fiscal year 2020 data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Public Library Survey (PLS). This year, 5,359 public libraries received LJ Index scores and 258 received Stars.

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