Library Policies

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Temple Public Library Media Display Policy 

The Temple Public Library has adopted the following Media Display Policy to guide librarians and to inform the public about the principles upon which display themes and materials are chosen.

Displays are used to highlight new materials, educate the public about the variety of subjects, genres, and formats offered, and to stimulate interest in the library collections, services, and resources.  Placement of materials on displays does not imply the Library’s endorsement of ideas, opinions, or viewpoints expressed therein.

Displays should support the Library’s mission statement:

To serve the community of Temple in its diverse information and leisure pursuits, the Temple Public Library complements the services of other community agencies by providing high-interest materials, resources for reference and life-long learning and a variety of cultural and informative programs and exhibits.

The following criteria will be considered when selecting or approving displays:

  • Format and style are suitable for intended audience (e.g. adult materials will not be included in displays in the children’s area);
  • Appropriateness to seasonal events, holidays, etc.;
  • Relation to current events;
  • Historical or regional relevance;
  • Relation to events in the community;
  • Representation of a genre, trend, or culture;
  • Interest of patrons and the public.

Guidelines for display:

  • Themes and materials selected should fulfill the Library’s mission to provide materials which meet patrons’ interests and needs.
  • Materials should be in good condition.
  • Topical displays should represent the wide variety of viewpoints offered in the collections.
  • Displays should not promote a specific religion, political party, or cause.
  • Any signage included should clearly state the theme of the display.

Approval of displays:

  • Youth Services Librarian is responsible for Children’s, Youth, and Teen displays.
  • Adult Services Librarian is responsible for Adult and Genealogy displays.
  • Final approval of all displays lies with the Library Director.  The Youth Services Librarian and Adult Services Librarian are expected to consult with the Library Director on the themes of displays.
  • Patrons who request the reconsideration of library display materials will be asked to follow the procedures concerning reconsideration of library materials as outlined in the City of Temple’s Collection Development policy.

Approved 4.16.2018