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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