Shorewood Public Library was ranked among the best in the country in its category and received the highest score among those rated in Milwaukee County, in the Library Journal's 2012 standings.
The Library Journal Index of Public Library Service annually compares U.S. public libraries based on the services they deliver. Libraries are divided into categories based on their expenditures.
Among the 1,372 libraries across the country in its category, Shorewood's ranks 77th, and second in Wisconsin.
The rankings are based on 2011 per capita statistics including circulation, visits, program attendance and public Internet computer use.
Shorewood has the highest circulation, or number of items checked out, per capita in Milwaukee County.
January will mark 10 years since the library has been in its renovated building. In the last year in the old building, there were 254,478 items borrowed. By the end of 2011, items borrowed had increased by 41 percent to 359,768, according to the library.