Libraries & Library Resources

American Library Association
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information.

Awesome Library

Awesome Library organizes the web and provides resources, carefully reviewed for usefulness and appropriateness. In order to be included in the Awesome Library, resources need to meet all of the standards:
  • Best version available
  • Current
  • Loads quickly
  • Only child-safe links
  • Real Items (actual documents, projects, pictures, and discussion groups)
  • Small percentage of dead links
  • Useful for teachers, students (kids or teens), parents, or librarians
Internet Public Library
The Internet Public Library is a public service organization and learning/teaching environment and is hosted by the School of Information and Library Studies of the University of Michigan. The suppliers for the site uphold the highest standards of professionalism, including commitments to equality of access and intellectual freedom. In particular, they endorse the principles of the Library Bill of Rights.

Federal Depository Libraries
Federal publications and other information products are made available for free public use in federal depository libraries throughout the United States. In addition to the publications, trained librarians are available to assist in their use

Friends of Libraries, U.S.A.
This site provides resources, services, and networking opportunities for friends, trustees, and foundations across the country to increase and enhance their efforts on behalf of public, academic, and school libraries.

Iowa Library Association
The Iowa Library Association promotes the development of the libraries that all Iowans depend on for information and lifelong learning. The association provides leadership, education and support to enable its members to meet the challenges of providing quality library service to all Iowans.

Iowa Library Directory
A listing of all public libraries in Iowa is maintained by the State Library of Iowa.

Library Service Areas in Iowa
Iowa's Library Service Areas provide consulting, continuing education, interlibrary loan and reference services to libraries throughout the state. There are 7 Library Service Areas, each serving a part of Iowa. Each area is governed by a 7-member Board of Trustees.

Library Spot
This is a virtual library resource center for educators and students, librarians and their patrons, families, and businesses exploring the web for valuable research information. The site’s stated purpose is to break through the information overload of the web and bring the best library and reference sites together with insightful editorial in 1 user-friendly spot. Sites featured are hand-selected and reviewed by an editorial team for their exceptional quality, content and utility.

This site lists libraries on the web, including:
  • Academic
  • National
  • Public
  • School
  • Special
  • State
Public Libraries
The mission of this site is to serve people with easy access to the use of public libraries and promote reading. This goal is made possible through participation of local libraries. It is meant to be a very resourceful site for individuals, families, schools and organizations.

State Library of Iowa
The State Library of Iowa actively champions libraries. Its 2 roles are improving library services in Iowa and delivering specialized information services to state government and to Iowans. Its mission is to advocate for Iowa libraries and to promote excellence and innovation in library services, in order to provide statewide access to information for all Iowans.

WWW Virtual Library
The WWW Virtual Library is arranged by specialized areas. Unlike commercial catalogs, it is run by a loose confederation of volunteers who compile pages of key links for particular areas in which they are expert. Even though it isn't the biggest index of the Web, the Virtual Library pages are widely recognized as being amongst the highest quality guides to particular sections of the web.