The Camden Public Library has once again received a Five-Star Rating from Library Journal’s Index of Public Library Service. 2022 is the 15th year in which Library Journal has scored U.S. public libraries and awarded Star Ratings to a select number of them. The 2022 scores and ratings are based on 2020 data from the Institute of Museum and Library Services Public Library Survey, as this is the most recent nationally available data.

Across the country, a total of 85 libraries received a Five-Star Rating this year. Four libraries in Maine have been awarded Star Ratings this year, and the Camden Public Library is the only Maine library to receive a Five-Star Rating in 2022.

The other Maine libraries to receive Star Ratings from Library Journal in 2022 are Southwest Harbor Public Library (three Stars), Rockland Public Library (three Stars) and Northeast Harbor Public Library (three Stars).

The ratings are produced by measuring a library’s statistics and comparing them to the averages of other libraries that are similar, according to their expenditure level. The statistics are derived from per capita output measures including circulation (both physical items and electronic materials); library visits; program attendance; internet computer use; public wi-fi sessions; electronic retrievals (from online databases) and library website visits.

The Camden Public Library’s Five-Star Rating reflects how the community and visitors engage with the library, and the support received for the library’s services and programs — even during the unprecedented changes of 2020.

Thanks to the staff and volunteers at the Camden Public Library for all the work they do to provide this constant for the community. And thanks to the library’s members, visitors, and the entire Camden Public Library community for their ongoing support.

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