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Posted on: August 16, 2020

Sioux Center Public Library Receives State Accreditation

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The State Library of Iowa has announced that the Sioux Center Public Library has met the conditions for state accreditation as outlined in “In Service to Iowa: Public Library Standards Sixth Edition.”

Achieving accreditation requires a significant, ongoing local commitment to high quality library services. The Sioux Center Public Library has been recognized for its efforts in all areas of library operations including governance and funding, staffing, library collection, services, public relations, access, and facilities. 

There are three tiers of accreditation and Sioux Center has met the third, top tier. Accreditation is completed every 3 years.

“Full accreditation is something we strive for. We take pride in being accredited in the top tier possible. I’m proud of our library and staff who help to make this possible.” said Sioux Center Public Library Director Becky Bilby.

Of Iowa’s 542 public libraries, 377 – including the Sioux Center Public Library – are accredited. Iowa’s accredited public libraries are recognized for being responsive to their communities and for exhibiting excellence in their provision of 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 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 Governor Kim Reynolds, Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg, State Librarian Michael Scott, and Iowa Commission of Libraries Chairperson Joe Lock.

“The director and board of trustees of the Sioux Center Public Library and the city of Sioux Center are to be commended for this achievement and their commitment to excellence in public library services for their community,” said State Librarian Michael Scott.

For more information on the State Library’s accreditation program, and to view the Public Library Standards, go to www.statelibraryofiowa.org/ld/a-b/accr-and-standards.

The mission of the Sioux Center Public Library is to “inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities by bringing diverse people, information, and ideas together.” 

The Sioux Center Public Library opened its doors on October 4, 1927 and consisted of 83 books total.  They now have a collection of over 135,000 items and 7,675 registered library users.  To find out more information on the library or to view their catalog, you can visit the library website at www.siouxcenterlibrary.org.

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