There may be significant disparities between your city and county library funding. The chart below illustrates the statewide disparity.
If you find a similar disparity for your library, work with your library director to approach the county for increased funding. The same is true with contracting cities (cities that contract with your library for library service). Your city may be funding the library 10 times more per capita compared to what a contracting city is paying per capita.
The Commission of Libraries, the Iowa Library Services’ governing board, encourages public library boards to address funding disparities for the following reasons:
- Adequate funding is essential for providing high quality library service
- All Iowans should provide equitable financial support for library service
- It is not equitable for one group of Iowans to pay one rate for library service while another group gets the same service for a substantially discounted rate