The purpose of this policy is to define library practice with regard to the distribution of free publications and community postings 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).
As a public service, Hennepin County Library may make limited space available within library buildings to distribute free publications or post community announcements.
Free publications or postings from the community will be made available in a designated space at the discretion of library staff. Priority will be given to Hennepin County Library or Hennepin County produced publications or postings. In the case of free publications, distributors are expected to deliver publications regularly, place them in designated locations, and discard out of date issues. Failure to follow these guidelines will result in the withdrawal of distribution privileges via a Letter of Removal from the Hennepin County Library.
Materials posted or left for free distribution are subject to review by library staff and may be discarded. The library does not endorse nor take a position on any of the views presented in free publications or in items posted for community viewing.
When reviewing items submitted for distribution and posting, staff:
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.
Next review: 03/01/2019
Last reviewed/revised: 09/05/2014