Library Buildings

Consider the below information when deciding to undertake a library capital project, such as a major renovation, expansion or new library building altogether.

State and Local Laws

Library directors and boards should be aware of state and local laws regarding the planning, design, and construction of capital projects. State laws include:

  • Iowa Administrative Code 193B-5.1 requires a registered architect to perform the planning and design of a public library building.
  • The Iowa Construction Bidding Procedures Act combined rules for county, city and rural water government under one law. Libraries planning new construction should review Iowa Code Chapter 26, which sets requirements for sealed bid thresholds, the bidding process, and population-based competitive bid procedures, and more.

Consult with your city attorney to ensure your project follows all appropriate laws.

State Library Collection

The State Library’s library science collection contains titles related to library building construction, maintenance, and renovation. Browse the catalog and request titles through SILO Interlibrary Loan.

State Library Catalog

District Consultants

Your State Library district consultant is a source for information, ideas and feedback on library space needs. They can also put you in touch with experienced library building consultants for more specialized and detailed recommendations.

Find Your District Consultant