Iowa Library Association

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Iowa Library Association
FormationSeptember 2, 1890; 129 years ago (1890-09-02)
Founded atDes Moines, Iowa
PurposeThe Iowa Library Association fosters a community of innovation and advocacy, supporting and strengthening our members to promote libraries as an essential resource for all Iowans.
HeadquartersDes Moines, Iowa
  • 6919 Vista Drive, Des Moines, IA 50266
Parent organization
American Library Association

The Iowa Library Association (1890) is a professional organization for Iowa's librarians and library workers. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. It was founded on September 2, 1890, in Des Moines, Iowa at the State Library in the Iowa State Capitol, by Ada North, Librarian at the State University of Iowa in Iowa City; State Librarian Mary Miller, T.S. Parvin of the Iowa Masonic Library, Clara M. Smith of the Burlington Public Library, and Clara C. Dwight of the Dubuque Y.M. Library.[1]

Mary H. Miller was elected as the first President by the five organizers and twelve other librarians. The fledgling organization borrowed its bylaws from the New York Library Association, which was founded earlier that same year. The original bylaws established dues of one dollar per year and required that the association hold an annual meeting during the week of the Iowa State Fair[2]

The Association now has over 1600 members from over 500 public, academic, and special libraries all over the state.[3]


  1. ^ "History And Archives". Iowa Library Association. 2018-03-07. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  2. ^ "Timeline History of the Iowa Library Association · Iowa Library Association History · Iowa Heritage Digital Collections". Explore Iowa History and Culture! · Iowa Heritage Digital Collections. Retrieved 2020-01-28.
  3. ^ "Membership". Iowa Library Association. 2018-03-23. Retrieved 2020-01-28.

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