“Except as otherwise provided in this section, a public official, public employee, or candidate, or that person’s immediate family member shall not, directly or indirectly, accept or receive any gift or series of gifts from a restricted donor.” (Iowa Code Section 68B.22)
The library’s director and trustees are subject to the Iowa Gift Law. You cannot accept a gift for personal use that has a value of over $3.00 from anyone who wants to do business with the library. For example, you cannot personally accept a gift from a book salesperson who could sell books to your library. However, if the benefit is available generally, it is not considered a gift. For example, if Baker & Taylor provides books discounts to library staff members in all libraries, it is not considered a gift to an individual employee and does not fall under the Iowa Gift Law.