Meridian Library District – Display Policy
It is the policy of the Library to make public forums available to the community for purposes that enhance the Library’s educational, cultural, and civic mission. The Library’s display areas are available free of charge on a first come, first serve basis to individuals or groups of citizens who wish to display items. Displays are subject to approval.
Who is Elegible
Library-sponsored displays are given priority in scheduling the use of the display areas. The display areas are available free of charge for individuals or organizations engaged in educational, cultural recreational, or intellectual activities. They are not available for money-raising or commercial purposes, with the exception of fund raisers held by the Friends of the Meridian Library, Inc.
Displays are for information about civic, cultural, educational and recreational programs of likely interest to the local community. Displays may include such forms as:
- Presentation of books, visual arts, crafts, paintings, and drawings, sculpture, and a variety of media.
- Promotion of interest in the use of books and other library resources.
- Information about community affairs, organizations, services and activities.
Civic groups, service clubs, nonprofit organizations, and governmental units promoting free or nominal charge events are typical sponsors of these activities. No political candidate or proposition materials, commercial promotions or private events, such as yard sales, and “services provided,” are eligible for display.
How to Apply
The Display Request Form is to be submitted to Meridian Library District in person, mail or by fax.
Displays will generally be scheduled for two to four weeks. Recurring displays by the same group or individual will be discouraged. Director approval is required for displays lasting more than one month.
The displaying individual or group will be responsible for the items on display. The cases are locked, but the wall display areas are not. Library insurance will not cover displayed items. Individuals or groups using the display areas must fill out the Display Request Form which includes an acknowledgment that the requester is responsible for the collection and not the library. Only the signer/signers of the form will be allowed to add or remove items from the display.
The library reserves the right to refuse or revoke permission to use any display area. Permission to use display areas does not constitute an endorsement by the library of the group's policies or beliefs. Exceptions to any of these policies must be approved by the Library Director. This statement of policy may be amended at any time by the Board of Trustees of the Meridian Library District.
Approved by the Meridian Library District Board of Trustees October 9, 2013