402. Programs, Displays & Brochures
A. Programs and Displays
Programming is offered as a library resource that provides information, education, and recreation to library users. It may utilize library staff, books, library and community resources, resource people, displays, and media presentations. In addition to library initiated programming and displays, the Library may choose to co-sponsor programs and displays with the Friends of the Library and with other agencies, organizations, and educational institutions.
Selection of topics for programming and displays is made by library staff on the basis of interest and needs of library users and the community. The Library shall determine or approve the content of any displays placed anywhere in the building or on the grounds, excluding short-term displays placed in the Library’s public meeting rooms by outside groups. Opinions and views expressed in the programs and displays are not the opinions of the library board or staff.
B. Brochures, Posters, Etc.
In addition to distributing brochures produced or intentionally secured by the Library, the Library provides space, subject to availability, for distribution of brochures and similar materials that are donated to the Library but not added to the collection. Subject to availability, space is also provided in the Library for posters advertising events sponsored by non-profit organizations.
Space for these items is provided on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use. Materials shall not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation; nor shall they be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval. Although space is provided, no endorsement of the viewpoints expressed in these or other materials found in the Library is implied. Brochures and other printed materials produced strictly for the purpose of selling merchandise, or for merchandising for-profit services, shall not be accepted.
All brochures, posters and similar materials shall be submitted to library director for approval, subject to the guidelines outlined in this policy. Materials lacking this approval and found already displayed in the public areas will be removed. The Library shall place approved items in the appropriate location as determined by the Library. Brochures, posters, and similar materials provided to the Library will be placed in these designated areas only. Items of this nature submitted to the Library will not be returned after display.
Amended 6/23/03; 5/22/07; Reviewed 7/14/15