Meeting Room

Use Policy


The purpose of the meeting rooms in the Parkland Community Library (the “Library”) is to provide space for library programs and events and to fulfill the library’s role as a community center where the public can attend informational, educational, and cultural events, and to champion the principles of intellectual freedom by providing a forum for the free exchange of ideas.

The library endorses the principles adopted by the American Library Association in the Library Bill of Rights regarding meeting room use those states, “Libraries which maintain meeting rooms, exhibit space, or other facilities open to the public should make them available on equal terms to all persons, regardless of their beliefs or affiliations.”

Authorization to use a meeting room does not constitute an endorsement by the library of a group or organization’s positions or beliefs.

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Adopted 4-27-2023


The library makes its space available on equal terms to all qualified groups subject to the following rules and regulations:

All meetings must be free and open to the public and may not limit or restrict participation based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, or any other protected class under applicable local, state, and federal law.

Library staff shall always have unrestricted access to the meeting room. No fees, dues, or donations may be charged or solicited for any program.

The meeting room may not be used for commercial and/or for-profit purposes.

Library-sponsored programs take priority over all other meeting room reservations. The library reserves the right to cancel meeting room reservations at any time in the event of a conflict with a Library-sponsored program. In these instances, the Organization will be contacted. The library is not responsible for notifying group members of cancellations or advertising a change in the meeting room schedule.

Programs may not disrupt the use of the library by others. All persons using the meeting room are subject to the library’s code of conduct.

All groups using the meeting room are expected to leave it in a clean and orderly condition and are responsible for damage to Library property. The library shall charge the group or organization if housekeeping or maintenance service is necessary. The minimum charge will be $25.

Light refreshments may be served. The Organization is responsible for supplying all utensils and equipment and will be responsible for the immediate clean-up of the meeting room and the kitchen area.

Rooms must be vacated 30 minutes before the library closes.

To encourage the use of its meeting rooms for diverse events and to give all qualified groups access to this service, no group may reserve meeting rooms more than 60 days in advance, and no group may book a meeting room more than 12 times in any rolling 12-month period.

The library shall not assume responsibility for the security of items brought into the meeting rooms. The library will not provide storage of material or equipment for a group or organization. Alcohol and tobacco products, including vaping, are not permitted in the meeting room. No open flames, candles, or incense may be used in the meeting room.

Neither the name nor address of the library may be used as the address or headquarters of a group or organization.

The library reserves the right to review all material distributed at meetings and to approve any signage to be displayed on the library property.

The meeting room must be reserved by an adult (18 years of age or older). Persons bringing children to meetings must assume responsibility for their care and behavior.

Failure to comply with these regulations may result in the suspension of a group’s meeting room privileges.

In cases of emergency cancellations, the library must be notified at least 1 hour before the reservation.

Nothing may be attached to the walls, ceiling, floor, furniture, or sliding room divider. The library’s phone and email addresses are not to be included in any publicity that advertises the meeting unless the program is co-sponsored by the library.

No games of chance or gambling in any form are allowed unless as a Library-sponsored fundraising activity.

The Director may, in the Director’s sole discretion, from time to time promulgate additional rules and regulations for the scheduling and use of Library meeting rooms.

Special exceptions to the policy may be considered or instituted by the Board of Directors of the Library at any time.

Any organization or individual using the meeting room shall complete the Meeting Room Application and Waiver wherein the Organization shall acknowledge and agree to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Parkland Community Library and all other Releasees, as defined in the Meeting Room Application and Waiver against any and all losses, damages, liabilities, deficiencies, claims, actions, judgments, settlements, interest, awards, penalties, fines, costs, or expenses of whatever kind, including reasonable attorney fees, fees, the costs of enforcing any right to indemnification under this Policy, and the cost of pursuing any insurance providers (the “Claims”) arising out of or resulting from any claim of a third party related to the Organization’s use of
the meeting room.

Room Setup

The library staff will not be responsible for room setup or rearranging furniture or equipment in advance of a meeting. The organization will be responsible for room set up and must return the room to the original arrangement after the meeting. Failure to comply may result in the suspension of a group’s meeting room privileges. Tables and chairs are provided.

Available Equipment

Available equipment that may be requested at the time of application includes Smart TV/Chromecast, Podium, and Microphone. Trained Library staff, when in the building, will provide basic assistance with library-owned equipment. If staff are not available, the library will provide simple written instructions for equipment use.

Meeting room use is contingent upon accepting the library’s meeting room policy.

Fee Schedule

Meeting room rental fees include the use of the room(s) for up to 4 hours or until 30 minutes before the library closes, whichever comes first.

Meeting Room – Maximum Occupancy – 60 persons – $20.00 The Library director has the discretion to waive the fee or to increase the fee at the Library Director’s sole discretion.

Meeting room rentals must end no later than 30 minutes before the library’s scheduled closing time for that day to allow Library staff time to prepare the meeting rooms for next-day activities.

Payment of the rental fee must accompany the signed application, or a credit card receipt from the circulation desk must be attached to your application.

Renting organizations are responsible for any damage sustained to the flooring, walls, or equipment and will be charged full repair or replacement fees. The library reserves the right to charge a fee if facilities must be cleaned. No custodial service is available. No storage of the Organization’s items is available before or after the meeting.

Application and Insurance

The following statements apply to all organizations that rent meeting room space.

A signed Meeting Room Application and Waiver Form needs to be completed and submitted no later than 7 days in advance of the meeting. Reservations cannot be guaranteed.

The Meeting Room Application and Waiver Form must be signed by an authorized representative of the Organization who shall attend the meeting and be responsible for the conduct of the meeting attendees and for any damages.

Each application will be reviewed, and the contact person will receive confirmation as to the availability of a meeting room.

The meeting rooms will not be considered scheduled until confirmation is sent.

Adopted 3/23/2023
Revised & Approved 1/25/2024