The Seekonk Public Library has an obligation to both protect the safety of library users and to ensure that all users can freely access and quietly enjoy the library’s services. Free and unimpeded access to the library building is a necessary precondition for meeting this obligation.
Active solicitation within the library building and the areas of egress to the library and the library parking lot is not permitted unless it is a library function or an activity related to fund raising for the library and under the general supervision of the library staff. Active solicitation refers to any person-to-person communication for the purposes of (1) obtaining contributions and donations, (2) selling merchandise, coupons, or tickets, (3) collecting signatures (4) distributing educational or promotional materials, and (5) recruiting members or clients.
The passive solicitation and collection of donations by community-based, non-profit organizations is permitted. Public bulletin boards and collections bins in the lobby are available for this purpose. Use of these resources is subject to the policies and rules established by the Board of Library Trustees and the library director.
Candidates with nomination papers may solicit signatures within the library as long as it done in a reasonable and unobtrusive manner. The library shall designate a visible location within the building where candidates’ may leave the petitions for voters to sign. The library assumes no responsibility for nominations papers left at the library, however.
Nothing in this policy shall be construed as preventing the sale of publications, artwork, or recordings by writers, artists or performers who have been engaged by the library for a presentation or performance. The terms and conditions of these sales shall be stated as part of the written agreement between the library and the presenter or performer.
The Board of Library Trustees authorizes the library director to establish appropriate rules and procedures to enforce this policy. The library director shall determine whether a solicitation is active or passive, and if the activity is permitted under this policy. The director’s decisions are subject to review by the Board of Trustees under the library’s appeal procedures.
Adopted by a unanimously vote of the Board of Trustees at their meeting of January 16, 2013. Reviewed and updated August 21, 2013
* This policy replaces in its entirety the Library’s Lobby Policy that was adopted on August 15, 1990.