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NBPL Named STAR Library


The Board of Library Trustees is pleased to announce that Newport Beach Public Library was recently named as a Star Library in a national ranking compiled by “Library Journal” in its tenth edition of the Library Journal of Public Library Service.  

In 2017, 7409 U.S. public libraries were scored on the LJ Index of Public Library Service comparing spending peers in five areas: circulation, library visits, circulation, program attendance, public access computer use and ecirculation.  Of the 259 named as America’s Star Libraries, thirteen are in California with just four in Southern California.  Newport Beach Public Library is the highest scoring library in Orange County. This is the fifth year in a row, and ninth time in ten years, that Newport Beach Public Library has been named a Star Library.

Library Services Director Tim Hetherton credits community support and high-quality programs and service for the high ranking, “Newport Beach Public Library is both proud and grateful that our City leadership, support groups, and staff remain committed to our customers by providing quality collections, resources, programs and services, all of which helped us earn the Library Journal 3-Star rating.  It truly takes team work to make the dream work.” said Hetherton.

The Newport Beach Public Library serves the community with four locations, including the Central Library and three branches, Mariners, Corona del Mar and Balboa. For more information on Newport Beach Public Library resources and programs, please contact the Library at 949-717-3800, option 2, or visit the website at

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