Public libraries in Iowa are typically funded by their own city, county, state, and through small revenues like fines and fees. Each city with a library allocates funding to the city library to pay for services for the residents of that city. The county allocates funding to pay for library services for county residents in Buchanan County. The county funding covers only rural residents, not those who reside within city limits.
Funding for library services from a city without a library usually comes with an agreement or contract with a library, city or agency for that purpose. Some of the cities in Buchanan County have paid for library services in the past and some have given a donation. However, all the cities without libraries have not consistently paid for library services. The Cities with Libraries in Buchanan County (CLBC) have requested that all cities without libraries pay for library services at a level of $5 per capita for the ’15 fiscal year (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015). Contracts have been sent for the next fiscal year (July 1, 2015 - June 30, 2016) for the amount of $6 per capita, and those are due before July. Hazleton, Quasqueton, and Stanley currently contract for library services, but the cities of Rowley and Brandon have chosen not to contract for services.