[Libs-Or] Policies for advocacy, signature gathering, etc.?

Cindy Gibbon cindyg at multcolib.org
Mon Jun 6 13:55:15 PDT 2016

Carol--Multnomah County Library addresses petitioning, canvassing, etc
inside  our buildings in our behavior rules
"Soliciting, petitioning, or distributing written materials or canvassing
for political, charitable or religious purposes inside a library building,
including the doorway or vestibule of any such library building or in a
manner on the library premises that unreasonably interferes with or impedes
access to the library."

As you can see, the rule also addresses petitioners blocking access to the

Each of our buildings has  a designated space where petitioners may stand
out of the way of the door where they will not impede access.

Keep in mind that if you have a public meeting room generally available to
community groups you cannot disallow political activity in that meeting
room. The courts have been clear that public libraries must allow political
and religious use of their meeting rooms, since we establish a limited
public forum when we make public meeting rooms available.   But at MCL we
do have a rule that prevents outside groups using our meeting rooms from
collecting contact information or money from attendees during a public
meeting or requiring them to provide personal info in order to register for
a meeting in our meeting rooms.  Here's a link to our meeting room use
policy <https://multcolib.org/public-meeting-rooms>.

Sorry I didn't send this sooner.  I just figured out it has been sitting in
my drafts.


*Cindy Gibbon*
Access & Information Services Director
Multnomah County Library
*Voice:*  503.988.5496
*Fax:*  503.988.5441
cindyg at multcolib.org

On Thu, May 26, 2016 at 11:23 AM, Carol Dinges <cdinges at ci.lebanon.or.us>

> I’m looking for examples of policies regarding solicitation, advocacy,
> signature gathering, etc. – do any of you have policy statements to share?
> Thanks so much –
> Carol
> Carol Dinges
> Director
> Lebanon Public Library
> 55 Academy St.
> Lebanon, OR 97355
> (541) 258-4232
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