All programs and meetings shall be open to the general public. No programs or meetings shall be held from which the media is excluded.
The Library will make every effort to meet the needs of all disabled persons using meeting room space.
The Library reserves the right to reject any application if it is determined that the organization has abused its past privileges in using a meeting room either by vandalism, abusive action or other disturbance, or not using the space for the stated purpose of the policy. Rooms will not be available for use by groups or individuals who have demonstrated a history of unreliability in meeting library requirements.
Users shall conform to all laws, ordinances, regulations, and library rules. Fire regulations concerning room capacity and access to exits must be observed. Rules regarding smoking, eating, and drinking must be followed.
Meeting room reservations may be made in person or online. The person reserving the meeting room must be at least 18 years of age and must be present at the meeting. In addition, an adult must be present during the entire use of the facility by the group.
Completion of a Meeting Room Application is required to confirm any booking request. Confirmation of a reservation will be returned by email or telephone.
One reservation at a time may be made by each organization. A date for the next meeting may be reserved only after the first meeting has been held. Meeting rooms may not be booked more than 2 months in advance. No standing reservations may be made. Booking will be on a first-come, first-served basis. First priority is given to Richland Library programs, agencies, and affiliated groups such as Friends of the Richland Library for public programs, staff training, and business meetings.
Non-library groups are encouraged to reserve meeting rooms no more than once a month in a 12-month period, or no more than once a week for six weeks duration. A site manager may make an exception if demand allows. Groups are also encouraged to reserve meeting rooms at least 48 hours prior to the date requested. Rooms are not available for groups prior to their reserved time without approval of the site manager.
There will be a $50 charge for use of the Main Library Auditorium. The auditorium has a capacity of up to 200. All other meeting rooms are free.
Payment must be made in the form of a check within 5 business days of the event. No cash will be accepted. If use of a meeting room is denied, the check will be returned.
The library requires at least 24 hour notice of meeting cancellation, except in the case of inclement weather. In unforeseen emergencies in which the library has to cancel a meeting, the library will attempt to give the group as much notice as possible. If a room has been paid for and cancellation is made 24 hours or more in advance, a refund will be mailed. If notice of cancellation is not given within 24 hours of meeting time requested, no refund will be given.
Care and Use of Meeting Rooms
The Main Library Auditorium will be set up in either conference or auditorium style. Other conference rooms are arranged conference style only. No furniture may be added to conference rooms. Groups may arrange tables and chairs as desired with the requirement that they be returned to their original arrangement.
All meeting rooms must be left in a clean and orderly condition. Failure to do so may affect future bookings. Groups must assume all responsibility for damage to library facilities and equipment.
Food and Beverages
Refreshments are allowed at some facilities. Please check with the site manager. Groups planning to have food and/or refreshments during their meeting must receive approval from the site manager prior to the meeting. Red punch or foods containing dyes that may stain carpets or furnishings are not permitted.
Simple food may be served by groups provided that the food is brought in ready to serve and the group supplies all utensils. The group is responsible for complete cleanup afterwards, including removal of trash.
Children cannot be left unattended in the library while parents/guardians attend meetings. Permission to meet in the library does not in any way constitute an endorsement of a group's policies or beliefs. Neither the name nor the address of the Richland Library may be used as the official address or headquarters for any organization. Groups may not state nor imply that the library is sponsoring their program. Publicity announcing meetings should in no way imply library sponsorship. Only those activities sponsored by the library will be advertised by the library.
No tape or adhesive of any kind may be used on the walls or furniture.
Groups will not be permitted to hold regularly scheduled meetings utilizing library facilities unless sponsored or co-sponsored by the library.
All meetings must be held during regular library hours. Meetings must end and meeting rooms must be empty 15 minutes before closing.
The group's responsibility for the room shall be terminated only when they have informed a staff member that they have vacated the room and that it is ready to be secured.
The library is not responsible for items left in its facilities. Storage space is not available, nor can the library provide porter service into its facilities.
The library does not provide audio-visual equipment or staff assistance. However, materials such as screens, carts, etc. may be available at some locations. Please check with site manager.
Groups are expected to comply with Richland Library’s Code of Conduct.