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Fairfield library receives state accreditation

The State Library of Iowa has announced that the Fairfield Public Library has met the conditions for state accreditation at the highest level, 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 Fairfield 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 accreditation is valid through June 30, 2023.

“Director Rebecca Johnson, library trustees, and the City of Fairfield are to be commended for this achievement and their commitment to excellence in public library services for their community,” said State Librarian Michael Scott.

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 research jobs, do homework, find a good read, learn about 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. 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.

About the Fairfield Public Library

The Fairfield Public Library was formed in in 1853, which makes it Iowa’s first lending library. Out of 542 Iowa public libraries, it is one of 41 designated as Size E based on population. The library’s primary mission is to provide access to information of an educational and recreational nature for the residents of Fairfield and Jefferson County, to promote an informed citizenry, and to enrich lives.