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Exhibit and Display Policy

Library display cases and exhibit space are intended for exhibit or displays related to Library business or Library-sponsored activities and public service items of educational, cultural or civic interest in the community.  Mounting of exhibits or displays does not indicate Library endorsement of the ideas, issues or events promoted by those exhibits or displays.

  1. The duration of any display or exhibit is subject to the discretion of library management.  The requirements of the library take precedence over those of exhibitors.  Should the library require a display case or exhibit space for its own use the Library reserves the right to pre-empt such space upon three days written notice to the exhibitor.
  2. In fairness to numerous community groups the Library may limit the frequency with which exhibits or displays may be mounted by the same organization.
  3. Installation and subsequent removal of displays or exhibits are the responsibility of the applicant. Displays or exhibits that that are not removed on or prior to the date established by the Library management will be removed by the Library.  Any expense for such removal becomes the responsibility of the exhibitor.
  4. Neither the Library nor the Library’s Board of Trustees accepts responsibility for loss or damage to any exhibit or display.
  5. Potential exhibitors must complete an application and a release form before Library management will consider any exhibit or display. No installations are permitted without authorization of Library management.
  6. Identification of the sponsor/exhibitor must be included in the display on a card or plaque no larger than 3” X 5”. Such identification must include the name and contact information of the sponsoring agency and/or its authorized representative.

The following will not be accepted for exhibit or display:

  • Exhibits or displays endorsing or opposing the election of any candidate for public office
  • Exhibits or displays endorsing or opposing the adoption of federal, state or local legislation
  • Exhibits or displays promoting commercial products or services

Permission to mount exhibits or displays is based on the provisions of this policy and not on the content, viewpoints, beliefs or affiliations of the organizations responsible for those exhibits or displays.  Failure to comply with this policy may result in denial of exhibit or display privileges.

Adopted 10/17/2023

Any Pawtucket resident who wishes the Library to reconsider the decision to host an exhibit or display may fill out a Request for Reconsideration Form about their concerns and submit it to the Library Director.  The form is located on the website and is also available from the Library’s Administrative Office.   The Director will respond within 14 days.     Appeals to the decision of the Director can be made to the Library’s Board of Trustees.   To speak at a Trustee’s meeting, please refer to the Board of Trustee Public Input Policy.  


Pawtucket Public Library Exhibit and Displays Application

I release the Pawtucket Public Library, the Library’s Board of Trustees and the City of Pawtucket for any loss or damage to the exhibit or display




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