Public Library Accreditation and Statistics
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 (new link)
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 (PDF)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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 Boards, by 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.
Current Library Directory
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Library Data Coordinator
LD Program Coordinator
Director, Library Development and Networking Division