Meeting Room Policy
The mission of the Forbush Memorial Library is to serve the community as a center for education, culture, recreation and information. In a desire to fulfill this mission, the library makes its meetings rooms available to all the people in the community. The library upholds the American Library Association Library Bill of Rights:
“Libraries which make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.”
Use of the library meeting rooms does not constitute an endorsement of the organization’s policies or beliefs by the library.
Description of the Rooms
Multi-Purpose Room (MPR; Ground floor, off the Children’s Room)
- 14 feet by 27 feet
- Capacity: 30 people; 30 chairs, 4 tables
- Small kitchenette; suitable for light refreshments
- Audio/visual facilities: VCR, DVD projector, screen, and wireless internet connection
Vaito Eloranta Room (Top floor; accessible by elevator or stairs)
- 23 feet by 40 feet
- Capacity: 60 people, 50 chairs
- Staff lounge includes coffee pots, sink, microwave, refrigerator and counter space
- Audio/visual facilities: VCR, DVD projector, screen, wireless internet connection
Reservations and Scheduling
- Preference is given to library programs.
- All other scheduling will be in the order in which the request is received.
- Applications for use of the rooms may be picked up at the circulation desk during regular library hours.
- Applications for use of the rooms should be made at least three business days before the rooms are required and may be made up to six months in advance.
- Meeting Room applications require the approval of the Director.
- Rooms may not be reserved for recurring regular meetings (weekly or meetings by any group or organization) except those sponsored, cosponsored or endorsed by the library, or having received approval by the director.
At present, there are no fees charged for the use of the meeting rooms. The library welcomes a donation of $25.00 to the Forbush Memorial Library Gifts and Donations Fund.
Meeting Room Rules and Regulations
- Meeting rooms are available to all community groups for meetings and programs with the exclusion of any group that discriminates in its membership, programs or philosophy based on race, color, sex, handicap, or in any other manner forbidden by law.
- All meetings are open to the public.
- No fees may be charged for admittance.
- The contact information of the person signing the application must be included so that he/she may be contacted in the event that the room will be unavailable. The contact person is responsible for letting other people in the group know that the room is unavailable. (Unforeseen circumstances making the room unavailable could be, for example, the library closing because of bad weather.)
- Each group is responsible for setting up the room (but if special arrangements are required [e.g. tables] advance notice to the Library is required), (including arrangement of chairs, tables, etc.) and leaving the room clean and neat. The room must be left as originally found. The group is responsible for providing pens, paper, tape, or any other supplies that are needed.
- Smoking and alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Facilities for light refreshments are available. Special permission must be given for use of the staff room to service the Eloranta Room or the Multi Purpose Room, and should be requested at the time of application. Each group is responsible for cleaning up any facilities used and for removing their trash. Each group must provide its own coffee, cups, sugar and other consumables.
- All meetings held during library hours must end, and the room must be cleared, 10 minutes before closing time.
- Library programming takes precedence over any booking for either Room.
- Program activities must take into consideration the noise and activity limits of the library. Physical activities, such as dancing or jumping by groups of people, are not allowed in the Eloranta Room to protect the collections and because of structural strain on the building.
- Meeting rooms may be reserved for use when the library is not normally open under the following conditions.
- The request must be made at least three days in advance.
- Permission will be granted on the condition that a suitable library representative can be provided to act for the library during after-hour use.
- The Reading Rooms and collections will be closed and not available after hours.
- All posters, flyers, or other publicity shall be the responsibility of the group using the room. Any publicity to be displayed in the library must be approved by the director. No posters or paper may be attached to any surface in the Library. All programs, except those endorsed or sponsored by the library, must include the following statement in their publicity. “Use of the library meeting room does not imply endorsement by the Forbush Memorial Library.”
- The library will not assume responsibility for children while parents/caregivers participate in library programs or other activities in the library meeting rooms. Anyone using the library meeting rooms must adhere to the library’s Child Safety Policy and the Personal Behavior Policy.
- The approval to use the meeting rooms carries with it the responsibility for the facilities used. The individual who signs the application form assumes responsibility to report all accidents and damages to a member of the library staff upon conclusion of the scheduled even or as soon thereafter as possible. Further, the person signing the application is responsible for restitution for any loss.
- Failure to abide by this policy and the rules and regulations of the Forbush Memorial Library will result in the denial of subsequent use privileges.
- The Board of Trustees, the Forbush Memorial Library, or the Town of Westminster will NOT be responsible for personal injury or loss of property that may occur while a library meeting room is used.
Meeting Room Policy 6/11/97
Changes adopted 4/04/00
Updates voted by the Board of Trustees 10/07/09