The purpose of this policy is to define library practice with regard to Community Art Displays in Hennepin County libraries and ensure that this policy is in alignment with the Hennepin County Use of Space by the Public in County Facilities Policy (PDF).


The scope of this policy covers temporary or rotating exhibits of art created by members of the community in designated spaces at Hennepin County Library locations. Cargill Hall at the Minneapolis Central Library is not governed by this policy.


Hennepin County Library recognizes that art has the power to enhance the quality of life of a community; it inspires citizens, contributes to civic pride and enlivens public places.

The library is a unique and innovative venue for showcasing works of art. Art enhances the patron relationship, contributes to a sense of place, and engages the mind. Community art exhibitions encourage artists to engage in public life and moves people to see the world through a new and changing lens.


As a public service, Hennepin County Library may make limited space available within library buildings to display artworks completed by members of the community.

Defined as rotating and/or temporary exhibitions, displays of art pieces from the community may be made available in a designated space at the discretion of library staff in accordance with local guidelines and space allowances.

Each library location has the responsibility for establishing guidelines and scheduling for individual locations.

Prior to exhibition, artists are asked to submit:

  • A sample of their work
  • Biography
  • Artist Statement
  • Title and date of pieces to be displayed
  • Medium

No pricing may be posted.

All artists or groups of students invited to exhibit at Hennepin County Library will be asked to sign a Release of Liability for Display form.

The library does not endorse nor take a position on any of the views presented in displayed artwork, and the library may refuse any pieces deemed inappropriate for an exhibition.

Considerations and Criteria

Wall track systems and/or display cases are the most appropriate spaces for showcasing artwork done by members of the community. Other spaces may be used at the discretion of staff.

Priority is given to artists who reside or work in the local community.

Some examples of items that may exhibited include two-dimensional pieces and small three-dimensional works of art. Large scale pieces are not suitable for library spaces and may present operational challenges.

Roles and Responsibilities

When reviewing artworks proposed for exhibition, staff:

  • Use their professional judgment to apply local guidelines to the review of applications for exhibition.
  • Are mindful of the Library’s mission, vision and services; and weigh onsite conditions (e.g. available space) when considering pieces for exhibition


This administrative policy is reviewed at least every five (5) years by the System Services Division Manager (or designee). Upon completion of that review, this policy is revised or reaffirmed.

Policy History

Next review: 09/2020
Last reviewed/revised: 09/05/2015
Adopted: 09/05/2015