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Explanation of Library Types and Sizes

  • Institution libraries serve a residential population in a correctional facility where access is limited. Examples are the Anamosa State Penitentiary and the Cherokee Mental Health Institute.
  • State Agency libraries are libraries established by a specific state government department. Examples are Iowa departments of transportation, archives, and natural resources.
  • Academic libraries serve the student and faculty population at a public or private institute of higher education. Examples are Allen College and Clinton Community College.
  • School libraries serve grades K-12 students and faculty at a public or private education entity. Examples are Clarion-Goldfield High School, and Tipton K-8 Media Center.
  • Special libraries provide specialized collections and services to employees and personnel at a company. Examples are hospital libraries and the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library  and the Rockwell Collins Information Center.
  • AEA libraries are media centers established within the Iowa Area Education Agencies.
  • Public libraries serve the general public and are categorized according to the population of their jurisdiction.
    • A - Less than 500
    • B - 500-999
    • C - 1,000-2,499
    • D - 2,500 -4,999
    • E - 5,000-9,999
    • F - 10,000-24,999
    • G - 25,000-49,999
    • H - 50,000 and over
    • I - County Library System

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