Main Library (File photo)

Main Library (File photo)

The Santa Monica Public Library has been rated as one of the nation’s top libraries by trade publication Library Journal.

With its fourth consecutive five-star rating, the library is in exclusive company. It is one of three California libraries to earn the 2013 distinction, which is based on library visits, circulation, program attendance and public Internet use.

Last year, the Santa Monica libraries hosted 1.37 million visitors, with 2.22 million materials used.

“We’re delighted that we’re being recognized for all of the things we do right,” said Assistant City Librarian Claudia Fishler. Fishler attributed the success of the library to its staff’s exceptional customer service skills.

Only 263 of the 7,573 public libraries evaluated earned ratings of three, four or five stars.