Saturday, January 10, 2009
Bernardsville Public Library Wins Highest Library Ranking
The HAPLR Index, a nationwide ratings system for public libraries, has awarded Bernardsville Public Library the number one ranking for a library of its size in the State of New Jersey. In addition, Hennen's American Public Library Ratings (HAPLR) has ranked our library second in the entire state.
These rankings were published in the October 2008 issue of American Libraries. To commemorate this honor, Mayor Lee C. Honecker of the Borough of Bernardsville issued a proclamation on December 22, 2008, congratulating the library board of trustees and the library staff for this achievement.
Statistics on our circulation numbers, staffing, reference, and other services were considered as well as the size of our population to determine this number one ranking. For instance, in 2007 we checked out 236,000 items whereas our municipality had a population below 7,500.
Many townspeople believe that Bernardsville Public Library is at the heart of the community and prove it by regularly using our services and attending our programs. We are fortunate to have such dedicated patrons.