Adopted by the Eagle Public Library Board of Trustees, August 18, 2021
Reviewed and Reaffirmed, August 15, 2022
In its effort to accomplish its stated mission, the Eagle Public Library’s Board of Trustees establishes the Selling and Solicitation on Library Premises Policy to assure that patrons are able to use Library resources and services free of interference and disruption and that library staff are able to conduct the business of the Library.
“Library Support Groups” include the Friends of the Eagle Public Library, the Teen Advisory Board and any future Library foundation.
Selling and Soliciting on Eagle Public Library Property
The Library does not allow solicitation by any for-profit organizations in the Library. Permission to solicit for non-profit organizations in the Library will be subject to approval by the Board of Trustees and will be limited to those organizations whose mission is in keeping with the stated mission of the Library or those which provide a direct financial benefit to the Library.
Organizations not recognized by the Eagle Public Library Board of Trustees as a Library Support Group (the Friends of the Eagle Public Library, the Teen Advisory Board, and any future library foundation) may not solicit funds on Library property.
Selling or soliciting services, money, or items to or from library staff or patrons is prohibited.
Collection boxes or bins for Library co-sponsored campaigns, such as the collection bin for the Eagle Food Bank, may be housed at the Library.
As outlined in Eagle Public Library’s Bulletin Board and Distribution of Printed Materials policies, posters and/or fliers announcing events to benefit non-profit, civic and/or community organizations may be displayed in the community information center if space allows, subject to approval of the Library Administration.
Petitioning and Leafleting on Eagle Public Library Property
The Eagle Public Library recognizes the presentation of petitions and the distribution of literature by individuals and groups is a fundamental right protected by the First Amendment. The Library also upholds the rights of its patrons and employees to enter, use and leave the Library safely, without being impeded or unduly hindered. As a result, the Library allows people to circulate petitions or leaflets on Library property subject to the following guidelines:
- Persons circulating petitions for signatures or leafleting may stand outside the Library building on property that is regularly open to the general public for Library business, however, they may not engage in collecting signatures or distributing leaflets inside the Library building. Petitioners are asked to remain twenty-feet from the entrance and twenty-feet from the Curbside Pickup area.
- Petitioners shall not block, hinder, interfere or otherwise impede patrons and staff wishing to exit or enter the building, nor seek to intimidate patrons or staff into signing a petition or accepting a leaflet.
- Anyone wishing to solicit signatures for a petition or leaflet shall inform library staff during normal business hours of their desire and intent to solicit signatures for a petition.
- The Library staff are exempt from the above constraints in promoting Library activities and issues.
Amendment of Rules
The Library Director may approve exceptions to this policy.
The Eagle Public Library Board of Trustees reserve the right to review and amend this policy at any time.