Certification & Recertification
The Standards for Utah’s Public Libraries have been developed the Utah State Library Division in consultation with a committee of public library directors in the state to ensure that all certified libraries offer the most current of library services, follow the law, and best practices. The Standards represent the minimum levels for library services in the state. The Standards also provide libraries with leverage to encourage sustainable levels of support in the community and determine the library’s eligibility to receive funds from the State of Utah. The certification renewal process also recognizes those libraries that provide exemplary library service. Libraries in Utah serving legal service areas of 50,000 or less are subject to the certification renewal process. Currently, libraries serving legal service areas over 50,000 people are exempt from the certification renewal process.
FY2022 Certification Renewal of Existing Libraries
Use Appendix C – Required Documentation for Certification
Use Building Inspection Checklist to guide you in meeting Standard #17
Technology Plan and Needs Assessment
Public Library Recertification Webinar (2018)
Part I - Required
Basic Certification Standards
Part II - Required
Key Statistical Benchmarks
Review the Key Statistical Benchmarks
Your consultant will discuss these with the library director
PART III - Optional
Application for Quality Library Designation
Libraries choosing to pursue the designation of Quality Library, must complete the online form and meet at least 6 of the 10 quality criteria.
New Public Library Certification
All Utah public libraries are eligible to apply for initial certification after they have been established by a city or county governing body for at least three years. The window for submitting an application for new library certification is open year-round. The city, county, or the library’s governing body should submit an Application for Initial Certification to the Director of the Utah State Library Division (USL) and follow the Application Process, Certification Checklist, and Other Eligibility Criteria, outlined in Appendix A.