FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, Feb. 11, 2022

Mary Stadick Smith, South Dakota Department of Education, 1-605-773-7228 , or
Ruth Raveling, South Dakota Department of Education, 1-605-773-2593 ,

State Library announces newly accredited public libraries

PIERRE, S.D. — Eight South Dakota public libraries have been accredited by the State Library in 2022.

Accredited libraries demonstrate that they meet important benchmarks for providing high quality library services to their communities. Public libraries are accredited at one of three levels: Essential, Enhanced or Exemplary. Libraries are evaluated in the following areas, as outlined in South Dakota Public Library Standards: governance, administration, access, collections and resources, funding, staffing, technology, and public relations.

The following libraries have been accredited:

Library City Level
Cozard Memorial Library Chamberlain Essential
Grant County Public Library Milbank Essential
Gregory Public Library Gregory Essential
Hill City Public Library Hill City Exemplary
Lennox Community Library Lennox Essential
Potter County Free Public Library Gettysburg Enhanced
Watertown Regional Library Watertown Exemplary
Yankton Community Library Yankton Enhanced

Detailed requirements for each level of tiered accreditation, as well as a complete list of all currently accredited libraries, are available on the South Dakota State Library's website at SD Library Resource Guides .