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Displays and Exhibits of Library Materials

The University Library has limited space for displays of library materials to highlight library resources, services, or collections for members of the ISU community. This space is located in the Fireplace Reading Room (Room 191) on the large window sill. The location for library displays is in a heavily used area and the library will be unable to monitor the displays to see that materials stay in place. This policy follows the guidelines of the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights.

Note: This policy does not cover any exhibits created or curated by the Special Collections Department.


  1. Requesting group must be a member of the ISU community (i.e. GSB/GSS recognized student groups, university departments or organizations, library units) and will be displaying library materials.
  2. Request for space must be made a minimum of one month in advance by completing a request form available from the Library's Human Resources Department (Room 117). Return the completed form to Room 117. Requests submitted without a month lead time will be approved on a case by case basis.
  3. Materials may be displayed for the maximum of one month.
  4. The maximum number of library books to be displayed is 30 and the maximum number of Media materials is 10. Please note that only empty media storage cases will be displayed.
  5. Materials on display are still available to patrons to check out during the display period.
  6. Requesting group must provide an 11X 14 sign for their display. The library will provide a sign holder. This is the only signage allowed for the display in the library.
  7. The ISU library does not necessarily endorse the viewpoints which may be the subject of the display.
  8. Library displays may not be used, directly or indirectly, to promote a commercial product or service; to support or oppose any religious belief or religion, political candidate or viewpoint; or that is defamatory or incites violence.
  9. The Library reserves the right to deny any display request.
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