January 23, 2022

Iowa: State Law Guarantees Shared Library Access For Rural Residents

From The Daily Nonpareil:

Iowa Code stipulates that all citizens have access to libraries. That means towns without a library must pay the nearest location a stipend to allow citizens membership. Rural residents are also able to access their nearest libraries, with the county taking care of the fee.

The Legislature passed Iowa Code 256.69 in 1977, which required access for non-residents.

“This piece of code was put into place to make that every Iowan has access to a library,” said Misty Gray, district consultant for the Southwest District of the State Library of Iowa.

At the time, the Legislature said 480,256 Iowans were without library service.

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.