DES MOINES, Iowa — The State Library of Iowa has announced the Adel Public Library has met the conditions for state accreditation as outlined in the sixth edition of “In Service to Iowa: Public Library Standards.”
“The director and board of trustees of the Adel Public Library and the city of Adel are to be commended for this achievement and their commitment to excellence in public library services for their community,” State Librarian Michael Scott said in announcing the achievement.
Scott said achieving accreditation requires a significant, ongoing local commitment to high quality library services, and the Adel Public Library is recognized for its efforts in all areas of library operations, including governance and funding, staffing, library collection, services, public relations, access and facilities.
The state accreditation is valid through June 30, 2022.
The Adel Public Library is one of 377 public libraries statewide achieving accreditation. There is a total of 543 public libraries in Iowa. Accreditation recognizes Iowa’s public libraries for their responsiveness to their communities and excellence in providing library services.
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 much more.
Accredited libraries receive a higher rate of compensation through the State Library’s Enrich Iowa program. They also receive a Certificate of Accreditation signed by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg, State Librarian Michael Scott and Iowa Commission of Libraries Chairperson Sarah Latcham.
For more information on the State Library’s accreditation program and to view the sixth edition of “In Service to Iowa: Public Library Standards,” visit the State Library of Iowa website.