In Iowa, a public library is established by an ordinance adopted by the city council. It is the “law” under which the library exists and is part of the city code. Most questions about library governance are answered in the library ordinance. You will find information such as:
- How board members are appointed
- Powers and duties of the library board including setting librarian and staff salaries, controlling library funds
- Procedure for approving and paying bills
Ask the library director for a copy of the library ordinance.