For the first time, Berkeley Public Library has received the highest rating awarded to public libraries in the United States by the Library Journal: five stars.
Each year, the Library Journal (LJ) index spotlights the “best of the best” public libraries in the United States. This year LJ reviewed more than 5,600 public libraries and San Francisco Public Library is the only other library system in California to receive a five-star rating in 2020.
In addition to the five stars designation, Berkeley Public Library ranked second amongst its five star cohort in number of book volumes in the collection.
“Berkeley values its Library as a core community asset and this investment is reflected in our extensive and rich collections, robust programming, and beautiful spaces,” notes Tess Mayer, Director of Library Services. “Staff can be proud of all the hard work and dedication that has contributed to this ranking. We are thrilled to be recognized as a five-star system, and we will build upon this tremendous foundation."
One of my favorite childhood memories is our weekly trips to the library with a laundry basket - a necessary receptacle so that my siblings and I could all dump in our large stacks of books for my mom to check out.
This practice eventually died out as we graduated to longer chapter books that we couldn't consume as fast, but the memory of the children's section of the library and that pink, plastic laundry basket will always be inextricably linked.
(Maybe this is the reason I'd always rather be reading when it's time to do laundry...)
-Amy, Berkeley Public Library Patron
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