CRRL has earned the Library Journal 4-Star Library rating for the fourth year in a row. CRRL has received a star rating every year since Library Journal began publication of the Index of Public Library Service ten years ago. This year, of 7,409 qualifying U.S. public libraries, only 259 received a star rating. CRRL is one of only three Virginia libraries to receive a star rating in 2017.
The Library Journal index groups U.S. public libraries by operating expenditures, then rates them based on physical materials circulation, electronic circulation, branch visits, program attendance, and public computer use. The 2017 Library Journal index is based on Institute of Museum and Library Services data for fiscal year 2015.