The Camden Public Library has recently earned a “Five Star” rating from the Library Journal, which effectively places the library in the top 2 percent of libraries in the United States, and the only five-star library in the state of Maine.

The five-star rating is awarded on the basis of four measures of service, and compares the use of the library to other libraries of similar size across the country. The four service areas used in evaluating the library are the number of individual visits, circulation, attendance at events, and Internet use, all evaluated on an annual, per capita, basis.

“We are very pleased to be rated a Star Library, not just once, but for three years in a row,” said library director Nikki Maounis in a press release. “And to be the first library in Maine to achieve the full five-star status is just icing on the cake. With an average of 500 people in and out our doors every day, we are one of the busiest places in town.”

The Library Journal rated 7,407 public libraries, and the Camden Public Library was recognized. A total of 258 U.S. public libraries were designated “America’s Star Libraries” receiving a three, four, or five-star rating, and only 171 were rated as four or five star. More about Library Journal’s ratings can be found at www.libraryjournal.com.

There are only four libraries in Maine that earned a star rating by the Library Journal. In addition to the Camden Public Library, the Maine libraries include the Rockland Public Library, the Skidompha Library in Damariscotta, and the Guilford Memorial Library.

“We are very proud of our library and staff and the support shown by the community. We work very hard to be ‘in sync’ with our public, and to be aware of what they want and need from their library. We believe that reading is essential, and we are so pleased that the greater Camden community values what we do,” added Maounis.