SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerset County Library System of New Jersey, which includes the Somerville Library, has been named a four-star Library by the Library Journal Index for the fifth consecutive year, and eighth time in ten years.

Of the over 250 libraries in the state, SCLSNJ is one of six Libraries to receive this honor. The other five New Jersey Star Libraries are Avalon Public Library, Bernardsville Public Library, Mercer County Library, Ocean City Public Library, and Princeton Public Library.

“Our Library System continues to excel year after year delivering innovative and necessary services, resources, and staff excellence, as well as evolving with today’s changing technology,” said Somerset County Freeholder Deputy Director Patrick Scaglione, library liaison. “I visit our county Libraries on a regular basis and I can personally attest to the strength and superior quality of our collections and Library services.”

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The Library Journal Index is a measurement tool that compares United States public libraries with their spending peers based on four per capita output measures: circulation, library visits, program attendance, and public Internet computer use. Scores on the Library Journal Index are produced by measuring the relationships between each library’s statistics and the averages for its expenditure category.

“New Jersey has more than 250 public libraries; we're so proud to be one of the six that were named Star Libraries. It's a great testament to the quality of services the public here enjoys. And yes, we are shooting for five stars next year,” said SCLSNJ’s County Library Administrator Brian Auger.

"Our patrons are great library users, and that's part of why we're a Star Library again this year. Having made the transition to our new catalog system, we're hoping that patrons will have an even easier time finding and checking out what they're looking for,” said SCLSNJ’s Director of Operations Lynn Hoffman.

For more information about SCLSNJ’s resources and programs, visit SCLSNJ.org. For more information about America’s Star Libraries, visit LibraryJournal.com.

The SCLSNJ includes branches in Bridgewater, Bound Brook, Hillsborough, Manville, North Plainfield, Peapack & Gladstone, Rocky Hill at Mary Jacobs Memorial Library, Somerville, Warren Township, and Watchung. Additionally, there are two SCLSNJ reading stations in Branchburg and Washington Valley.