14. Display Space: The purpose of the Library's display facilities is to increase public awareness of the Library's resources and to fulfill its mission to promote intellectual freedom, life-long learning and the enhancement of cultural and leisure activities. Exhibits using the facilities shall further one or more of these purposes:
To call attention to a theme related to Library services, collections or programs.
To highlight current issues, events or other subjects of public interest.
To display high-quality original art, crafts, photographs or writings created by local (Iowa) artists or contained in traveling exhibits.
To explain the activities of, or issues of interest to local organizations, and agencies engaged in educational, recreational, cultural, intellectual or charitable activities.
To display interesting collections or hobbies of local residents.
14.1 The Library assumes no responsibility for loss, damage or destruction of items left for display. All displays must meet existing state and federal laws on obscenity, libel, defamation of character and invasion of privacy.
14.2 The Library does not accept responsibility for ensuring that all points of view are represented in any single display. Granting of permission to display materials does not imply Library endorsement of content, nor will the Library accept responsibility for the accuracy of the statements made in such materials.
14.3 The Library reserves the right to refuse display space to exhibits which, in it’s opinion, do not further the display policy purpose. (See above)
14.4 Library-produced or solicited displays have priority over displays proposed by non-Library groups or individuals.
14.5 Displays of original art must be accepted for display by the Library Staff or Library Board.
14.6 The Library may designate spaces for particular types of displays to make the best use of display units and/or to make accessible to the intended audience.
14.7 All displays must adhere to established guidelines for mounting (installation).
14.8 This Policy shall be administered by the Library Director, or his/her designee, who is authorized to adopt rules to implement it.
14.9 Displays at the Library must meet one of the following criteria:
a. Highlight current issues, events or other subjects of public interest.
b. Display high-quality original art, crafts, photographs or writings created by Iowa artists or contained in traveling exhibits.
c. Explain the activities of, or interest to, local organizations and agencies engaged in educational, recreational, cultural, intellectual, or charitable activities.
14.10 Reservations may be made at the Circulation Desk. A single group or individual is limited to one display in a 12 month period.
14.11 In the Meeting Room area, art may be displayed on special hangers available at the Library. No tape, nails or pins may be used on the walls.
14.12 The two-sided glass case may be used by the general public with the approval of the Library Staff or a Library Board member.
14.13 The bulletin board in the Library entry may used by contacting the Library Staff and following the guidelines set forth in this Policy.