LCPL designated an America's Star Library

Gold stars

LEESBURG — Loudoun County Public Library (LCPL) has once again been recognized as one of America’s best libraries, earning a four-star ranking by Library Journal, the industry’s leading publication. 

Of the 5,608 public libraries that qualified for the national survey, only 172 – 3% – received a four- or five-star ranking, and just three were in Virginia. The other two were Henrico County Public Library and Mary Riley Styles Public Library.

“I would like to thank our staff for their commitment and creativity as well as the Library Board of Trustees for its steadfast leadership,” LCPL Director Chang Liu said. “But most of all, I want to thank our customers for their remarkable support. It is our honor to serve them.”

The 2021 American Star Library designation is strictly based on usage data. Library Journal compares U.S. libraries with their peers based on seven per capita measures: circulation of physical materials (i.e. books, audiobooks, DVDs, CDs, etc.); number of visitors; program attendance; public internet computer use; electronic circulation, which measures the circulation of eBooks, streaming video, and downloadable audio; WiFi sessions; and use of electronic resources, such as databases and online courses.

“Loudoun residents are well aware that libraries offer so much more than books,” Liu added. “And we will continue to be a haven for inspiration, information, innovation and inclusion.”

LCPL’s latest honor comes on the heels of being named an honorable mention for the 2021 Library of Year award, presented by Library Journal.


2022 Won VACo award for Teen Micro Art Gallery at Brambleton Library.

2022 ─ Stephanie Wiggins earned VLAPAF Supporter of Professional Associates Award from the Virginia Library Association

2022  ─ Received NACo Award for the Online Learning Hub and Quarantine Survival Kit

2022, 2019, 2018 ─ Voted "Favorite Government Service" by readers of Loudoun Now 

2021 ─ Named Honorable Mention for Library of the Year by Library Journal

2021 ─ Received four NACo awards for COLLAB residency, online summer reading program, PPE production and serving seniors through a pandemic

2021, 2020, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2013 ─ Named an America's Star Library by Library Journal

2019 ─ Received Excellence in Library Programming Award from the American Library Association (ALA)

2019 ─ Received three NACo awards for expanding legal resources, community dinners and providing homeless drop-in information program

2018 ─ Director Chang Liu received ALA’s Ernest A. DiMattia Award for Innovation and Service to Community and Profession

2018 ─ Susan VanEpps, Division Manager of Programming & Community Engagement, named Outstanding Employee of the Year by the Virginia Public Library Directors Association

2018 ─ Received NACo award for adult programming through community partnerships

2017 ─ Sterling Library received American Institute of Architects Design Award and is featured in the American Libraries Magazine for Library Design Showcase

2017 ─ Mark Miller, Board of Trustees Chair, received the ALA’s Trustee Citation

2017 ─ Patricia Pacheco named Paralibrarian of the Year by Library Journal

2016 ─ LBOT Chair Mark Miller, recipient of Virginia Library Association Trustee Award

2016 ─ Received NACo award for Journeys of my life / Viajes de mi Vida program

2015 ─ Received NACo award for You Belong @ Your Library program

2015 ─ Received VACo award for After Hours Teen Center program

2014 ─ Received VACo award for You Belong @ Your Library program