The Library provides public meeting rooms to support the Library’s mission of fulfilling the knowledge, information, enrichment, entertainment and cultural engagement needs of its community members. Meeting rooms are available to groups regardless of the beliefs and affiliations of their members. Meeting rooms are made available for the operational needs of the Library first, then to provide accommodations for educational, informational, cultural and civic functions consistent with the Library’s mission. For the purposes of this policy, the term “meeting room” shall refer to the Main Floor Meeting room and the Story Time room as well as the two study rooms.
Availability and Use:
Meeting rooms are available on an equitable basis. Priority use of meeting rooms is as follows:
1. Library-sponsored programs and activities, including functions of the Library;
2. Educational, informational, cultural and civic programs sponsored or co-sponsored by the Library and related to its mission, collections and services;
3. Meetings of organizations whose purposes are educational, cultural or civic in nature and/or classified as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3);
4. Meetings of for-profit organizations.
Meeting rooms may not be reserved for:
Users of the meeting rooms agree to abide by all Library policies and regulations. Failure to abide by Library policies and/or regulations will result in cancelation or refusal of future reservations.
1. All meetings must be open to the public free of charge. Donations may not be solicited as a condition of attendance.
2. Organizations may not ask for personal information from program attendees as a condition of attendance.
3. The reservation holder/organization is responsible for ensuring that its meeting complies with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and compliance shall be at the reservation holder’s own cost and expense.
4. Light refreshments may be served if the reservation holder has paid the damage/cleaning deposit. Cooking is prohibited unless approved in advance by Library administration. All food and beverages must remain in the meeting room.
5. Children under 12 years of age must be supervised by a responsible caregiver at all times.
6. No reservation holder may transfer a room reservation to another person/organization.
7. Room fees must be paid in advance of the reservation in order to secure the reservation.
8. The reservation holder must supply their own equipment and supplies, excepting those provided by the Library per the equipment section of this policy (below). Equipment and supplies may not be stored at the Library without permission of the Library administration.
9. The library does not provide assistance in transporting supplies to the rooms or help with set-up beyond the initial set up, with is done by Library staff. Library staff are not available to help with meetings, take attendance or assist with registration.
10. Room setup arrangements are required at time or reservation unless otherwise approved by Library administration.
11. Reservations are not allowed before or after regular Library hours. Reservations are permitted thirty (30) minutes after opening and must end thirty (30) minutes prior to the closing of the Library. Failure to do this may result in the suspension of room reservation privileges.
12. Behavior the disturbs others is not permitted. The library has the right to cancel or interrupt use of the room at any time. All room reservations must adhere to the Library’s Code of Conduct policy.
13. The Library reserves the right to cancel a meeting room reservation of a conflict arises with a library-sponsored program or there is an unforeseen event, such as a power outage or inclement weather. Staff will assist the individual in finding an alternate date or will refund the fees.
14. Failure to reimburse the Library for damages will result in the suspension of Library and/or room reservation privileges, and possible criminal charges.
15. By allowing the use of its meeting rooms, the Library does not endorse the activities or viewpoints of meeting room users.
Groups using the Library’s meeting rooms must:
– Include the following disclaimer in all event listings, publications and advertisements:
“This event is not affiliated with the North Riverside Public Library. Use of library meeting space does not constitute endorsement or approval of the organization, this program or its contents by the Library.”
– Not solicit or campaign outside the meeting room before, during or after the meeting or event.
16. The Library retains the right to monitor all meetings conducted on the premises to ensure compliance with library regulations and policies. Library administration shall reserve the option to pre-empt or cancel any meeting at any time or refuse meeting room reservations.
17. The reservation holder is responsible for returning the room to its original condition.
The person reserving the room must check in at the Circulation/Patron Services desk at lease fifteen (15) minutes prior to the room reservation time.
No group may use a meeting room more than twice a month.
The Library may waive reservation fees at the discretion of the library administration.
Attendance in any meeting room is limited to occupancy limits established by the Fire Marshall or other applicable authority.
Per the Fire Marshal, the occupancy limits are as follows:
The following equipment may be available upon request of use in the meeting room:
The reservation holder shall be billed at replacement cost for any damage to furnishings and equipment. All fees for damage shall be paid within thirty (30) days. Failure to do so shall result in forfeiture of the right to use the meeting rooms.
For and in consideration of the use of the meeting rooms and Library facilities, and as a condition of use, any person or group using the meeting rooms agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Library from any and all actions or suits relating to its use of such rooms and facilities.