Community Art Exhibit Spaces Policy

Application Process

An application and contract will be provided by Anoka County Library to persons or groups that want to use Library exhibit space. Library staff will notify applicants within 5 days whether the exhibit is accepted or rejected, and if rejected the reason therefore. An exhibit contract must be signed by an adult Anoka County resident in advance of the placement of the exhibit. Exhibits are welcomed from young adults when the parent/guardian co-signs the agreement with them. Approved community exhibits are generally on display 4 to 6 weeks.

Priorities for Exhibits
  • First: Anoka County Library sponsored exhibit (regardless of other published regulations for time or space).
  • Second: Exhibits specifically related to Anoka County.
  • Third: Exhibits of a general informative nature that otherwise fit this policy.
Rejection of Exhibits

Library staff will reject any exhibit regardless of subject content or intent if deemed unsuitable or not in keeping with the character of the Library and its services to all customers regardless of age, culture or religious background.  Library staff may reject exhibits for lack of space in the light of the priorities listed above.

Reconsideration Process

The applicant may request reconsideration of the rejection decision.

  • Conference with Library Director:  An exhibit applicant who is not satisfied with the rejection reason may schedule a conference with the Library Director to discuss the exhibit in detail.  The Director will summarize the conference, render a written decision within 15 days, and forward such decision to the applicant and the Library Board.
  • Library Board hearing:  In the event that applicant is not satisfied with the decision of the Library Director, the applicant may request to appear before the Library Board at a regularly scheduled meeting.  The Library Board will consider the applicant’s request along with the Director’s rationale and render its decision.  The applicant will be provided with notification of the decision and the decision will be entered in to the Library Board minutes.  The Library Board decision will be final.


This policy is reviewed every four (4) years by the Library Director (or designee) who makes recommendations to the Library Board Policy Committee.  The Committee reviews and revises as necessary, endorses and advances to the full Library Board for approval.

Policy History
Date Approved: September 2019
Next Review Date: September 2023