The East Baton Rouge Parish Library System recently received the 2017 Library Journal’s America’s Star Libraries Award, the sixth consecutive year it has earned the award.

It is the only Louisiana library system to receive the honor.

“This independent, authoritative assessment is based on the accomplishments of the library in terms of delivering services, programs and materials to our community,” Library Director Spencer Watts said. “Our citizens have invested in our libraries and we feel this rating demonstrates that we have been highly effective in putting those resources to good use. When compared to more than 7,400 public libraries across the nation, it is clear that our libraries are performing at the very highest level.”

According to a news release, The Library Journal Index rates U.S. public libraries based on five selected per capita output measures: circulation, library visits, program attendance, public internet use and circulation of electronic materials.