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Marcus Public Library is fully Accredited

The Marcus Public Library has once again been fully-accredited by the State of Iowa.

Marcus Public Library Accredited

 Iowa Library Services has announced that the Marcus Public Library has met the conditions for state accreditation as outlined in “In Service to Iowa:  Public Library Standards Fifth Edition.” 

 Achieving accreditation requires a significant, ongoing local commitment to high quality library services.  Of Iowa’s 544 public libraries, 351 – including the Marcus Public Library - are accredited.  The 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.  The accreditation is valid through June 30, 2018.

 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 services, and enjoy a community gathering space.

 Accredited libraries receive a higher rate of compensation through Iowa Library Services’ Enrich Iowa program.  They also receive a Certificate of Accreditation signed by Governor Terry Branstad, Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, State Librarian Michael Scott, and Iowa Commission of Libraries Chairperson Brandie Ledford.

 Said Michael Scott:  “The director and board of trustees of the Marcus Public Library and the city of Marcus are to be commended for this achievement and their commitment to excellence in public library services for their community.”