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Archived News Release from 2009

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Redwood City Public Library Gains Prestigious National “Five Star Rating”

Redwood City, CA - February 26, 2009 – Redwood City is very proud to announce that the Redwood City Public Library has received the coveted “five star rating” from the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service, a new public library national rating system instituted by the Library Journal.

This makes the Redwood City Public Library the top-rated library of any size in the Bay Area, and it’s one of the two top rated mid-sized libraries in all of California. Remarkably, there are only five libraries in California that achieved the five star rating, which is based on per capita measurements including number of items borrowed, number of visits, number and types of programs offered, attendance at activities, and level of public Internet use.

The Library Journal is the premier professional national publication for librarians, recognized as the standard resource for the industry. Its national rating of public libraries, the LJ Index of Public Library Service, identified only 85 "5-star" libraries in the entire United States. Overall, it rated 7,115 public libraries, and the top libraries in each group got three, four, or five Michelin Guide-like stars, to rank their overall achievement.

Redwood City’s Library system achieved this top-notch rating through the continuous hard work of the entire Library staff, and the support of the Library Board, the City Council, the Library Foundation, and the community.

The Redwood City Public Library offers many free programs for children, adults, and families, and is the learning center of our community. For more information about library events and services you may access the library’s home page at  or call 780-7026.

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Dave Genesy
Library Director


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