The State Library of Iowa has announced that the Cedar Falls Public Library has met the conditions for Tier 3 state accreditation. This is the highest level achievable by a public library.
Tier 3 accredited libraries receive more state funding than Tier 2 and Tier 1 libraries. Called Direct State Aid, this funding assists public libraries in reducing inequities among communities in the delivery of library services. The Cedar Falls Public Library has traditionally chosen to utilize its Direct State Aid for the Third Age program, which provides materials and services to older residents.
“The funding pays for the part-time librarian who selects and purchases large print and other materials for seniors and then delivers them to senior living facilities and individuals’ homes,” said Kelly Stern, Director at the Cedar Falls Public Library. “It is a wonderful asset for our community.”
Accreditation standards are established by In Service to Iowa: Public Library Standards Sixth Edition, the manual for the State Library of Iowa. The Cedar Falls 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.
“Achieving accreditation requires a significant, ongoing local commitment to high-quality library services,” Director Stern said. “For that, we are grateful to our library staff, the Board of Trustees and, above all, the citizens of Cedar Falls.”
This accreditation is valid through June 30, 2023.