Library Journal Names WPL Among Top Libraries in the Nation

Every year libraries across the country vie to win Library Journal’s coveted Library of the Year Award. In announcing the San Diego County Library as its 2012 winner, the award committee gave Special Mention to the Waukegan Public Library and two others for demonstrating “the service philosophy and dedication to community that signify a Library of the Year.”


“We feel honored to make the shortlist alongside some of the most venerable libraries in the country,” said Elizabeth Stearns, assistant director of community services.


Library Journal weighs submissions from libraries nationwide of varying sizes and budgets, looking for “role model libraries.” Criteria used to judge the competition include service to the community, creativity and innovation in developing community programs that increase usage, and leadership in creating programs that other libraries can emulate.