History and Archives

The Iowa Library Association was established in 1890. It is the second oldest state library association in the country.  ILA has approximately 1300 members.  Membership is comprised of librarians, library workers, trustees, students, and friends.

Timeline History of the Iowa Library Association

A Century of Iowa Libraries in Association: A History of the Iowa Library Association 1890-1990, by William M. Cochran (1990).  Click the links below to download sections of the book.

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IOWA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION. Records of the Iowa Library Association, 1890-1996. 38.5ft. ILA was founded in Des Moines, IA in 1890 to make library service readily available to all Iowans. These records document the organization's history and current activities with reports, minutes, correspondence, photographs, district meeting files, ledgers, and membership lists. MsC491. (Finding Aid) http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/spec-coll/MSC/ToMsc500/MsC491/MsC491_iowalibassoc.html

Access and Restrictions: All records less than ten years old may be viewed only upon the authorization of the Iowa Library Association, its Executive Board, or any other person or persons designated by the Association or its Board. The remainder of the collection is open for research.



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