Pasadena Public Library policies governing the public use of library facilities.
The Pasadena Public Library is the information center for its community and encourages the free expression of ideas essential to an informed citizenry. To accomplish this role, the first objective of the Library is to serve as an active resource for learning, studying and contemplating ideas. This objective is evidenced by, but not limited to, the basic functions of libraries in checking out books and other material as well as the offering of programs and services which advance the knowledge and experience of the citizens we serve. The offering of meeting room space in our libraries is one of many methods used to foster greater free expression and free access to ideas representing all points of view on all subjects.
It is of the utmost importance that groups and individuals who use the meeting rooms understand and acknowledge that they are the guests of the department, that they are able to use the facilities at the discretion of the management of the department, and that their use of the facilities reflects that understanding. The fact that a group or organization is granted permission to meet in the Library in no way constitutes endorsement by the City of the policies or beliefs of that group or organization. All rules and regulations not contained in this document, which are in the City Charter, must be adhered to. Copies of the rules and regulations in the Charter are available in the City Clerk’s office.
All persons wishing to use library facilities must agree in writing to abide by these policies.
Non Fee Basis:
The Pasadena Public Library may permit the use of library facilities and meeting rooms on a non fee basis to groups which comply with the following:
The Pasadena Public Library may permit the use of library facilities ¬and meeting rooms on a fee basis to groups which do any of the following:
Light refreshments may be served. Permittees desiring to serve refreshments will provide their own equipment. Said equipment may not be stored in the library. Food preparation is limited to kitchen facilities where available.
There may be times when the use of our facilities for meeting room purposes is in conflict with the more basic role of the library and/or the activities of the meeting room users negatively impact normal library operations. In such rare instances of conflict, the privilege of using library facilities and meeting rooms will be revoked for the remainder of a reservation year. The following criteria will be used to determine whether the use is detrimental to normal library operations:
The use of library facilities for petition signing is limited to designated specific areas and shall in no way interfere with the normal use of the Library.