Exhibits, Displays, Handouts and Announcements

As part of its public service and information mission, the Waterford Township Public Library provides information to the community through displays, handouts, announcements, and exhibits provided from the library’s own collection and/or services or through those of other non-profit organizations, community groups or governmental agencies. Though the Library may be providing space for a display, handouts, announcements or exhibits, this does not mean that the Library endorses the activity and/or information.

Exhibits and Displays

Due to space constraints, a limited amount of exhibit case and display area space is available for use by non-profit organizations, community groups or governmental agencies. The Library reserves the right to limit the size, the number of items, the schedule of any display, and the frequency with which the group or organization has a display. All exhibits and displays are offered to the Library on a voluntary, non-fee basis. Displays of a commercial nature will not be accepted.

Exhibit case and display area space is available on a first-come, first-served basis for educational, artistic, information, and cultural displays and exhibits. The Library assumes no liability in the event of damage, destruction or theft of a display, whether it is in a locked case or not. Reservations for the Library display cases and any free-standing space may be made through either the Head of the Children’s Services Department or the Head of the Adults’ Services Department.

A “credit line” (i.e. a sign stating the sponsorship of the display) will be included in all displays.

Final authority for all exhibits and displays rests with the Library Director or an appointed designee(s).

Handouts and Bulletin Boards

The Library, at its discretion, acts as a distribution point for handout materials for public awareness from non-profit groups, community groups or governmental agencies, as well as handouts prepared by the Library to promote materials and services. Specified areas within the library are made available for such handouts. Handouts of a commercial nature will not be accepted.

The Library, at its discretion, will provide reasonable space for announcements and notices of programs and activities sponsored by non-profit civic, cultural, and educational groups through bulletin board/kiosk space. Bulletin board or kiosk space is made available in each facility. Announcements of a commercial nature will not be accepted.

Final authority for all handouts and bulletin board announcements rests with the Library Director or an appointed designee(s). The Library reserves the right to remove inappropriate items from the bulletin board at any time. When space is limited, priority is given to announcements for programs and activities sponsored by local Waterford area groups and organizations, especially those that are free of charge and open to the public.

Petitioning, Solicitation or Distribution of Literature

The Library does not allow petitioning, solicitation, distribution of literature or leaflets, canvassing or similar types of appeals by members of the public within the facility. Failure to comply will result in suspension of library privileges.

Groups or individuals who wish to petition, solicit, canvass or distribute literature to the public outside of the facility may do so as long as they do not impede access by the public to the facility or interfere with the use of the facility. However, it is understood that this activity does not constitute an endorsement by the Library of the issue(s) involved in any such campaign.

Revised November 2010