There are situations in which a public library would like to enter into a formal agreement with another library or governmental agency to provide or share a service. In these situations, creating what is called a “28E Agreement” may be beneficial. Chapter 28E of the Iowa Code is titled “Joint Exercise of Governmental Powers” and allows for agencies to cooperate in a number of ways.
One example in Iowa is the public libraries in Dubuque County which created an “agency” through a 28E agreement. “The agency is a public entity consisting of the Public Libraries of the City of Dubuque, Iowa, City of Dyersville, Iowa, City of Cascade, Iowa, and Dubuque County,Iowa, and as recognized by Chapter 28E of the Code of Iowa and is organized for the purpose of providing library services.” Through the agreement, the libraries have agreed on the rate charged for providing library services to cities without libraries.
Other examples may include sharing personnel, facilities or equipment between one public library and another or other governmental agency. Iowa Code 28E outlines the parameters of such an agreement.