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Iowa's School Libraries

  • Strong school library programs led by qualified teacher librarians improve literacy skills and the academic achievement of students.
  • Libraries with a full range of print and electronic resources and current technologies, foster learning and enrich school curriculum.
  • In schools with good libraries, children read more, according to researcher Stephen Krashen, and when they read more, they read better.

Requirement in the Code of Iowa

In 2006 a requirement that each school district employ a qualified teacher librarian and have in place an articulated, sequential K-12 library program, became a part of the Code of Iowa.  Click on Requirements and Supporting Materials on the left to find more information about the intent of the law, guidelines and other information to assist school districts across the state in meeting the new requirements.

School Library Survey

The School Library Survey is conducted by the Iowa Department of Education.  If you are seeking information about the school survey please follow this link.

The State Library started collecting school library statistics in 2002. The survey questions were based on "Make the Connection: Quality School Library Media Program Impact Academic Achievement in Iowa," a 2001 research project funded by the State Library, Iowa Area Education Agencies, and the Iowa Educational Media Association.  The responsibility for the School Library Survey was assumed by the Iowa Department of Education in 2008.


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