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Board Policy 106: Displays, Bulletin Boards and Informational Literature Distributed in the Library
Purpose

The Monterey Public Library maintains display cases, bulletin boards, and areas for distribution of free informational literature. These services are intended to respond to general community interest and meet community needs.

General Policies

Display, posting, or distribution of materials in the Library does not constitute endorsement of any organization, event, activity, service, or viewpoint by Monterey Public Library or the City of Monterey.

The Library will not display, post, or distribute materials advocating or opposing candidates for office, initiative measures, or specific legislation

The Library will not display, post, or distribute materials primarily intended to promote commercial activities or specific religious viewpoints.

Display cases

Display cases are to be used for informational, educational, cultural, and historic purposes. Displays are selected to promote the mission of the Library. All displays are scheduled and supervised by the Library Director or designee. Priority is given to displays or exhibits produced or sponsored by the Library.

Linda McCabe Memorial Teen Art Wall

The Linda McCabe Memorial Teen Art Wall, established in memory of local author Linda McCabe, is used for the purpose of encouraging, displaying, and promoting artwork by non-commercial artists. Priority is given to work produced by artists under the age of 20 living in Monterey County, and to work that has not been previously exhibited elsewhere.

All exhibits are selected, scheduled and supervised by the Library Director or designee. Library customers of all ages and maturity levels view art exhibits, and display space is limited; therefore, the Library Director or designee may reject art submitted for display if it is not well-suited to this venue.

Bulletin boards

Bulletin boards are used primarily to promote library activities and events.

The Library Director or designee must approve public notices before they are posted. Library staff posts and removes all notices. Notices are posted in the following order of priority, on a space-available basis:

  1. Announcements of activities and events sponsored by the Monterey Public Library, the Library Board of Trustees, or the Friends of the Monterey Public Library
  2. Announcements of meetings, events and activities sponsored by the City of Monterey.
  3. Announcements of local events of cultural or educational value which are sponsored by non-profit organizations.
  4. Announcements of other events or activities which are of general public interest.
Free informational literature

The Library maintains designated areas for the purpose of providing information of community interest. Materials in these areas may include flyers, posters, brochures, pamphlets and newspapers that are distributed to the public free of charge. Due to the volume of materials received and the limitations of physical space, the Library cannot guarantee that all materials provided to the Library will be displayed. The Library also cannot guarantee that all materials provided will be displayed for the requested time period. Literature is displayed in the following priority, in the order received, and on a space-available basis:

  1. Announcements of activities sponsored by the Monterey Public Library, the Library Board of Trustees or the Friends of the Monterey Public Library.
  2. Announcements of public meetings and activities sponsored by the City of Monterey.
  3. Announcements of local events of cultural or educational value which are sponsored by non-profit organizations.
  4. Printed materials issued by local public service and non-profit organizations.
  5. Other materials which are of general public interest and distributed free of charge.
Civic Information Center

The Civic Information Center area includes limited space for selected public notices and free informational literature.

Civic Information Center Bulletin Board space is reserved for:

  1. Library materials promoting Civic Information Center collections and services.
  2. Public notices from local, regional state and federal government agencies. Priority is given to notices of upcoming public hearings and topics of interest to customers and the Monterey community. Agendas and minutes from City of Monterey , Monterey County, and regional agencies, and City of Monterey neighborhood associations may be placed in binders in the Civic Information Center collection or accessed on Internet computers.

Civic Information Center free informational literature is limited to a small selection of forms and publications in three categories:

  1. Frequently-requested federal, state, regional, and local government publications which provide information about and/or access to government services and programs.
  2. Publications from nonpartisan organizations providing clear, balanced information to help community members vote knowledgeably and participate effectively in the political process.

Exceptions to the above policy may be made for displays, notices, and materials that are deemed by the Library Director to be of particular interest to customers of the Monterey Public Library.

Approved: May 26, 1999
Revised: February 25, 2004
Revised: December 1, 2010