Policy 605.02: Instructional and Library Materials Inspection and Display

Original Adopted Date: 03/10/2022 | Last Revised Date: 06/07/2023 | Last Reviewed Date: 09/18/2023

Parents and other members of the school district community may view the instructional and library materials used by the students.  All instructional materials, including teacher’s manuals, films, tapes or other supplementary material which will be used in connection with any survey, analysis, or evaluation as part of any federally funded programs must be available for inspection by parents.  

Instructional and library materials may be viewed on school district premises. The district will publish on the district’s website a comprehensive list of all books available to students in libraries operated by the school district.  

It is the responsibility of the superintendent to develop administrative regulations regarding the inspection of instructional materials.

NOTE:  The federally funded programs portion of this policy is mandatory policy and reflects federal law on the subject of parental rights to inspect instructional materials.  

NOTE:  The publication requirement listed is a legal requirement.  Until July 1, 2025, if districts do not currently use electronic library catalogs, the district may request a waiver from the Department of Education from this requirement. 


Legal Reference: Goals 2000:  Educate America Act, Pub. L. No. 103-227, 108 Stat. 125 (1994). 
Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 74; 280.3, .14; 301.
281 I.A.C. 12.3(12).


I.C. Iowa Code Description
Iowa Code  § 279.8 Directors – General Rules – Bonds of Employees
Iowa Code  § 280.14 Uniform School Requirements – Administrators
Iowa Code  § 280.3 Education Program – Attendance Center Requirements
Iowa Code  § 301 Textbooks
Iowa Code 279.74 Powers and Duties – Specific Defined Concepts
I.A.C. Iowa Administrative Code Description
281 I.A.C. 12.3 Administration

Cross References

Code Description
901 Public Examination of School District Records