Public Library Accreditation and Statistics

Annual Report


Public Library Statistics

Statistical Resources


Texas Public Library Accreditation

Public libraries are accredited in the Government Code 441.127(a), Library Systems, under the authority of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Minimum Standards for Accreditation in the State Library System

Links to Texas Administrative Code, Title 13, Part 1, Chapter 1, Subchapter C, Minimum Standards for Accreditation in the State Library System.  Adopted by the Texas State Library & Archives Commission on November 7, 2014; effective November 30, 2014.

Benefits of Accreditation

E-rate Eligibility

To be eligible for these discounts, a library applicant must meet the statutory definition of library or library consortium found in the 1996 Library Services and Technology Act (Pub. L. 104-208) (LSTA) and must be eligible for assistance from a state library administrative agency under that Act.  In Texas, a library must be accredited. For more information about accreditation, please contact LDN staff at


Accreditation Task Force

The Texas State Library and the Texas Library Association created a joint task force to review the Public Library Standards and the Minimum Criteria for Accreditation.  Final recommendations were adopted by the Texas State Library & Archives Commission on November 7, 2014.

Texas Library Association (TLA) Public Library Standards

These voluntary Texas Public Library Standards developed through the Texas Library Association are intended as an assessment and guide to levels of service for public libraries in Texas.

Webinars and Presentations

Introduction to the 2019 Texas Public Libraries Annual Report
original air date: January 9, 2020
Texas public library directors must submit the Texas Public Libraries Annual Report in order to qualify for accreditation. Library Statistics Specialist Valicia Greenwood provides an overview of the report, accreditation criteria and benefits, and explanations for financial, collection and program sections. There is a brief tour of Texas LibPAS, the data collection portal. Slides.

Presentations at the Financial Success for Non-Profits and Library Districts Workshop
New Braunfels Public Library, November 9, 2019
Accreditation in the Texas State Library System by Stacey Malek  and Valicia Greenwood
Succession Planning for Busy Libraries and Boardsby Stacey Malek and Laurie Mahaffey     

NOTE:  if you wish to earn CE credit and be able to print a certificate of completion for viewing the recording, follow instructions here.

Contact Information

Current Library Directory

Statistics & Accreditation;
(Toll-free in Texas)

Valicia Greenwood
Library Data Coordinator
Erica McCormick
Program Coordinator
Jennifer Peters
Director, Library Development and Networking Division





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