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Exhibits and Displays Policy


The Madison Public Library schedules exhibits and displays of interest, information, and enlightenment to the community. The primary purpose of exhibits in the library is to extend the Library’s role as a cultural, educational, and community-centered institution.

Secondary Purposes

  • To promote library usage and enhance the library experience of patrons

  • To showcase original art by local artists

  • To display collections and other items of artistic, historical, cultural, educational, and/or leisure interest

  • To provide information about community groups engaged in educational, cultural, intellectual, or charitable events


Exhibits and displays strive to be professional-looking with clear themes, relevant materials, and aesthetic appeal. As in Library collections, exhibits endeavor to present a wide cross-section of topics that will appeal to varied ages, genders, and interests. Inclusion of an exhibit does not indicate the Library’s endorsement of the beliefs or viewpoints it represents. Discretion to accept any exhibit is left to the library staff.

Types of Exhibits

Display Cases, Easels, and Painted Panels

Exhibits are selected and scheduled for this space by library staff in cooperation with individuals and organizations. Items determined by the staff to be of a quality and interest appropriate for the library’s display are featured.

Bulletin Board and Display Rack

The Library uses the bulletin board in the entrance to the library for community postings of a non-commercial nature for nonprofit groups and organizations and government agencies. Flyers and posters that have information value or advertise community events may be placed on the bulletin board or in the display rack. Preference will be given to Madison Public Library activities. Flyers and posters will be placed on the bulletin board and rack as space allows.

Statement of Responsibility

ndividuals and representatives of organizations are responsible for planning, transporting, installing, and removing their exhibits. Exhibitors are asked to provide a list of items on display.

The Library is not responsible for any items that are lost, stolen, or damaged while on exhibit or display.

Adopted by the Library Board of Trustees,

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