Meeting Room and Facilities Use Policy Print

APPROVAL DATE: Revised: October 20, 2010

RELATED POLICIES:  Program Policy; Postings Petitions and Exhibit Policy, Policy Regarding Political Activities

STATUTORY REFERENCE:  RCW 42.17.130, 42.52.180

SCOPE:  The Whatcom County Library System makes library meeting and conference rooms available when they are not being used by the Library, its Friends of the Library groups, library building owners, or government organizations using the room for government purposes.

Meeting rooms are intended to further the Library’s mission and Long Range Plan, including but not limited to facilitating the exchange of diverse information and ideas.

As part of its service to the community, the Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) provides meeting spaces for use by community groups and organizations when not in use by the Library, Friends of the Library groups, or library-building owners.

Use of Library meeting spaces is available on equal terms, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use. Use of Library facilities and meeting rooms by any group signifies acceptance of the terms of this policy and the guidelines for room use.

Permission to use library meeting spaces will be denied when the purpose of use would interfere with the proper functioning of the Library or disrupt the use of the Library by others or violate state law.

Permission to use the library meeting spaces does not constitute Library endorsement of any program presented or any viewpoints expressed.  Advertisements or announcements implying such endorsement are not permitted. 

The Library does not assume liability for injuries to individuals or damages to personal property which occur as a result of actions of the sponsors or participants in activities in library meeting spaces.  The Library Director is responsible for establishing and administering procedures to carry out this policy.

APPROVAL DATE: Revised: October 20, 2010
September 29, 2010
February 19, 2008
September 21, 2004
March 16, 2004
May 20, 2003
December 17, 2002
Approved: April 21, 1992