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Public Libraries Serve The Community

Posted October 24, 2012 in Community Featured

The Drake Public Library has 7,151 patrons. These patrons have access to many items through the library. The library houses 33,718 titles. This includes books, magazines, audio books, and DVDs.

Patrons are also able to borrow items from other libraries in the state of Iowa. The perks of having a library card are incredible. Library card holders may also borrow electronic books from the state-wide WILBOR website.

The Drake Public Library is state accredited through the Iowa Library Services. Achieving accreditation requires a significant, ongoing local commitment to high quality library services. Of Iowa’s 544 public libraries, 349, including the Drake Public Library, are accredited. Iowa’s accredited public libraries are recognized for being responsive to their communities and for exhibiting excellence in their provision of library services.

More than two-thirds of all Iowans have active public library cards, and use of our public libraries continues to increase each year. Iowa libraries play key roles in workforce and economic development, lifelong learning and e-government activities. Iowans use their libraries to find jobs, do homework, locate a good book to read, research medical conditions, access government information and more.

Accredited libraries receive a higher rate of compensation through Iowa Library Services’ Enrich Iowa program. They also receive a Certificate of Accreditation signed by Gov. Terry Branstad, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds, State Librarian Mary Wegner and Iowa Commission of Libraries Chairperson Monica Gohlinghorst.

“The director and board of trustees of the Drake Public Library and the city of Centerville are to be commended for this achievement and their commitment to excellence in public library services for their community,” said Wegner.

Drake Public Library
115 Drake Ave.
Hours: Saturday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Mon. – Fri.: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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