Iowa Library Services recently announced that the Iowa City Public Library met the conditions for state accreditation as outlined in “In Service to Iowa: Public Library Standards Fifth Edition.”
“The director and board of trustees of the Iowa City Public Library and the City of Iowa City are to be commended for this achievement and their commitment to excellence in public library services for their community,” State Librarian Michael Scott said.
The accreditation is valid through June 30, 2018.
Achieving accreditation requires a significant, ongoing commitment to high quality library services. 351 of Iowa’s 544 public libraries are accredited. ICPL has been recognized for its efforts in all areas of library operations including governance and funding, staffing, library collection, services, public relations, access, and facilities.
Iowa’s accredited public libraries are responsive to their communities and exhibit excellence in providing library services. Accredited libraries receive a higher rate of compensation through Iowa Library Services’ Enrich Iowa program.
More than two-thirds of all Iowans have active public library cards. Iowa libraries play key roles in workforce and economic development, lifelong learning and e-government activities. Iowans use their libraries to find jobs, do homework, locate a good book to read, research medical conditions, access government information, and more.