Policy Regarding Displays and Handouts
Note: Approval of a display or
distribution of handout materials does NOT indicate that the Library
endorses any cause or activity.
Display — A collection of books, objects, posters,
etc. exhibited in a prominent location, such as in a library display
case or on merchandising furnishings.
Handouts — Pamphlets, flyers, calendars, newsletters,
tabloids, and similar free materials offered to the public for
community awareness and convenience.
Displays — Public
Requests made by the public for Library display space shall be granted
only for educational, artistic, and cultural materials which are
designed primarily to promote interest in the use of books, other
library materials, and information services. Displays will not include
prices of objects; only the name, address, and telephone number of the
displays may be made available to the public.
Requests shall be considered in the order in which they are received.
The Library reserves the right to limit the size, number of items, the
schedule of any display, and the frequency with which the artist or
organization may have a display.
A request for a display focusing on a public issue must indicate that
all aspects of the issue will be presented in an equal manner. The
Library Director will determine whether or not the proposed display is
A "credit line," i. e., a sign stating the sponsorship of the
display, will be included in ALL displays.
Displays — Staff
Subject to the approval of the Library Director, staff may create
displays of library materials to encourage the use of the informational
resources of the Library and promote a positive view of the Library in
the community. Such displays should reflect all viewpoints on a given
subject where appropriate.
Materials are posted and/or distributed in library foyers or at other
locations as determined by branch managers.
The Library posts and/or distributes free materials at its discretion.
The service does not indicate Library endorsement of a cause, opinion
Prior to distribution, Library staff will review materials. Selection
criteria contained in the system's Collection Development Policy
constitute the review criteria.
Library staff will consider patron interest, space limitations and
utilize the following priorities in descending order when determining
which materials to make available:
Branch Managers will respond to concerns about the propriety of
handouts in branch libraries. Patrons may appeal a Branch Manager's
decision by writing the Library Director.
Fairfax County Public Library announcements/publications
Fairfax County/Fairfax City Government announcements/publications
Commonwealth of Virginia/United States Government
Fairfax County Public Library Foundation, Inc.; Fairfax County
Public Library Employees Association; and Friends of the Library
Neighborhood civic, recreational, cultural, religious and
Political information that is current, i. e., materials must
pertain to an election being held within the next 45 days. Once the
election is held, the materials will be removed.
Commercial publications containing information of general interest
to Library patrons
Library Administration will respond in writing to patrons regarding
their concerns about the propriety of materials authorized for
systemwide distribution. Patrons may appeal such a decision to the
Such appeals will follow the System's reconsideration of Library