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*As of October 15, our meeting rooms are now reopened on a limited basis. Due to COVID-19 and ongoing social distancing requirements, we have reduced our rooms’ maximum capacity.*

Meeting rooms are available when the Library is open. They are to be used for general information, educational, cultural and civic needs in accordance with the Library’s mission and the American Library Association’s “Library Bill of Rights” which states, “Libraries that make exhibit spaces and meeting rooms available to the public they serve should make such facilities available on an equitable basis, regardless of the beliefs or affiliations of individuals or groups requesting their use.” Permission to use a meeting room does not imply library endorsement of the views expressed, goals, policies, or activities of any group or organization. The content of
programs held in the meeting rooms has not been reviewed or approved by the library, and the organization booking the room is solely responsible for such content.

A meeting room application is required. You may complete an application by stopping at the Information Desk, or download the form, complete it and bring it in to the Library’s Information Desk. The Library reserves the right to determine which room will best accommodate each group’s needs, and assign rooms accordingly. All use of Library meeting rooms must be approved by a Library manager.

Currently, the Library has 4 available rooms:
1.) The Conference Room, reduced maximum capacity of 5
2.) The Literacy Center, reduced maximum capacity of 5
3.) The Fireplace Room, reduced maximum capacity of 40
4.) The Community Room, reduced maximum capacity of 40

All library visitors are expected to comply with the library’s current Rules of Conduct.

For-profit groups and party-type functions are asked to provide a suggested donation of at least $50.00 for each use of a room. Donations may be made by cash, credit card, or check made payable to James Prendergast Library. With Library approval, educational entities may charge nominal material costs, but the public may not be denied entry to the meeting because of failure to pay. For-profit groups or organizations/individuals soliciting or selling products, services, or memberships are not eligible to use the Library meeting rooms for those purposes.
Library-sponsored programs and co-sponsored events, Library programming and Library educational events; meetings held by Library-related organizations; nonprofit groups or tutors offering one-on-one sessions will not be asked to provide a donation.

Meeting Room Regulations
1. It is understood that the public will be welcome to all meetings.
2. Children’s and youth groups may use the facility, provided that they are adequately supervised by adult
sponsors. Adults are defined as those eligible for adult borrower’s cards.
3. Light refreshments may be served if requested in the application and if the kitchenette (where available)
is left in an orderly condition.
4. Groups cannot use the library’s name, address or telephone number as their official address or contact
information.
Approved by the James Prendergast Library Board of Trustees
5. Permission to use a meeting room does not constitute an endorsement by the Library of a program or
point of view. Any advertisement, press release, media announcement, posters, or handouts about
events in the Library’s meeting rooms must state that the event is not a program of, nor sponsored by
the Prendergast Library. The Library may ask to see such notices prior to the public release.
6. When making a booking, please include time for your group to set-up and also return the room to its
standard arrangement. Any setting up of chairs or rearrangement of furniture and other equipment
must be done by the users and then replaced to a standard arrangement when finished. Additional
tables and chairs are available upon request.
7. The Library is not able to guarantee that a particular time slot will continue to be available to any
individual or organization on an ongoing basis.
8. The Library reserves the right to reschedule confirmed meeting room reservations to accommodate
Library-sponsored meetings or programs. However, every effort will be made to avoid such conflicts
and/or to offer alternative options.
9. Failure to adhere to meeting room policies or regulations may result in revocation of meeting room
privileges.

Approved by the Board of Trustees of the James Prendergast Library.