Accreditation and Standards
The Standards and Accreditation Program exists to encourage the ongoing development of high quality public library services in Iowa. In Service to Iowa: Public Library Standards is the manual for the State Library of Iowa’s standards program. Iowa’s voluntary public library standards program was established to give public libraries a tool to identify strengths and areas for improvement. It is also used to document the condition of public library service in Iowa, to distribute Direct State Aid funding, and to meet statutory requirements.
Accreditation Impacts Related to COVID-19
See a list of Accreditation impacts related to COVID-19. In general, services suspended because of COVID-19 will not affect your accreditation status as long as they are restarted once the crisis has passed. Click on the above link to see a list of Accreditation issues related to the COVID-19.
Accreditation Application for FY24 - application cycle will begin in December, 2022
All libraries with Accreditation or Tier Level expiration dates of June 30, 2023 need to reapply by February 28, 2023. The application forms and updated supporting materials will be available in early December 2022.
New statuses for libraries that apply during that period will begin July 1, 2023.
Note: The files listed below are for the current year's application cycle. We will update these files for those libraries that need to apply for the FY24 applicaiton cycle. In the meantime, these files can be used as guidelines for next year. Keep in mind that you will need to add a year to any dates listed in these documents.
Online Application Form - FY23
Use the online application form to submit your application. Do not submit a print form.
Verification requirements for new standards - FY23
Use this file to help determine what you will need to gather and submit to support your application.
Supporting Documentation Checklist - FY23
This checklist is an aid to ensure all supporting documentation is submitted. This document is also included in the Print Application Form.
All libraries submitting an application must also submit a Signature Page to certify accuracy. This document is now only available as an online signature form. FY24 signature page will be available in December, 2022.
Print Application Form - FY23
Use the print application form as an offline aid only. All applications must be filed using the online form listed above.
ADA Checklist for Existing Facilities - For Accreditation purposes.
Use these files to help with Accreditation Standard #80.
Other Helpful Files
Help Videos for new Bibliostat Collect online software interface
These five short videos give an overview of the new Bibliostat Collect software. This software is used for the Accreditation Application form, the public library annual survey, the Direct State Aid report, and the Open Access report.
New Standards Overview
This was the handout for Scott Dermont's standards presentation at the 2016 Town Meetings.
Accreditation and Tier Status - FY22
Accreditation and Tier Status of all public libraries as of July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.
Prepping for Accreditation recordings and presentations - FY23
Recordings and slide presentations from the 7 Summer, Winter, and Fall, 2021/2022 Prepping for Accreditation online sessions.