The Logan Public library owes it's existence to two retired principals of the Logan High school. The ladies presented their idea to the public and in November 1913 a meeting was held. The price of admission was a book. 128 books were collected, a library board elected and we became the Logan Public library. Our first site was a room in the northeast corner of the courthouse.
In 1915 Logan received one of the last Carnegie grants and the original building was built on our current site. In 1967 the basement was remodeled and a children's room created. In 1988 we doubled our space and now have 4,800 square feet. A new entry and elevator on the east side has made us completely handicapped-accessible.
The new addition gave us lounge, study areas and more shelf space on the main floor. In the basement we added a story well area to the children's room; created a meeting room with kitchenette and handicapped accessible restrooms. The children's library was recently redone, and is a bright child friendly spot.
Like all libraries we have shrived to meet the needs of our patrons. In 1993 we acquired computers and have continued to expand services in that area. We also supply audio and visual media, along with the printed materials. We like to view our library as being "without walls" with our ability and desire to acquire information for our patrons. Our aim is make all who enter to feel welcome and comfortable.
Interested in more history? Check out the Iowa Historical Society
Public Library Boards in Iowa Describes the five primary roles of the public library board.Public library boards have five primary roles:1. Advocate for the library in the community and advocate for the community as a member of the library board. To be a library advocate is to work for the betterment of library services for the community. Advocacy includes working to obtain adequate funding for the library; pursuing opportunities to meet and speak with community groups; getting to know the mayor and city council; making sure the community’s needs and interests are paramount when making board decisions.
2. Plan for the future of the library. Planning is one of the most important trusts that the community gives to the library board. Planning is deciding what is going to happen with library services over the next few years. It is taking charge of the library’s future and creating it to be responsive to what the community needs.
3. Monitor and evaluate the overall effectiveness of the library. The community puts its trust in the library board to make sure the library is operating the way it should. For example, the library boards is familiar with the library’s budget - where the money is coming from and how it will be spent. The board monitors monthly financial reports and approves the bills so they can be paid. The board also helps determine whether the community is satisfied with the service received from the library.
4. Set library policies. The library boards spends much of its time on policy issues - developing policies and monitoring the effectiveness of those policies. (Policy is a carefully designed, broadly stated, written guideline for actions and decision of the library.) Once adopted by the board, library staff carries out the policies on a day to day basis.
5. Hire and evaluate the library director. The board hires a qualified director to manage the day-to-day operations of the library and works with the director, carefully respecting each other’s roles. The board also regularly evaluates the director to make sure the library operates well and in the best interest of those the library serves.