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 three libraries in Michigan to receive this honor. Ann Arbor District Library and Bloomfield Township Public Library were also ranked as Star Libraries.
KDL received a three-star rating and has been recognized as a star library seven times over 14 years.
“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, Executive Director at KDL. “The Star Library designation is welcome confirmation that KDL provides the library services that our residents want and need in their lives.”
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 and E-retrievals (usage of online content such as databases).
This is the 14th year in which LJ has scored U.S. public libraries and awarded Star Library ratings. The 2021 scores and ratings are based on fiscal year 2019 data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Public Library Survey (PLS). Next year’s ratings and scores will be the first to reflect pandemic data.