The Accreditation and Development Program is available to public libraries located in counties in which SWKLS levies a tax. SWKLS Public Library Accreditation is a grant requirement.
The accreditation requirements vary depending on several factors, including the size of the library. There are seven different services levels (classifications):
Gateway Fewer than 500 people
Linking 500 – 1,000 people
Service Center I 1,000 – 2,500 people
Service Center II 2,500 – 10,000 people
Major Service Center I 10,000 – 25,000 people
Major Service Center II 25,000 – 100,0000 people
Major Resource Center More than 100,000 people
Additionally, SWKLS staff is available to assist libraries with the accreditation process.
Extended service grants
All accredited libraries who are taxing members of the system will be eligible for extended service grants. The amount distributed varies, is paid monthly, and is determined by library classification.
*NEW* Accreditation grants
Starting in 2019, all accredited libraries are eligible for a $1,000 accreditation grant. The grants will be made in one yearly payment to each qualifying library.