Public Use of Meeting Spaces
The Windham Public Library has rooms available for public use for non-commercial purposes free of charge. See our policies below for the use of these rooms or to reserve the meeting room.
Meeting Room Policy
The meeting room at the Windham Public Library is designed to meet general informational, educational, cultural, and civic needs including activities such as discussion groups, panels, lectures, conferences, seminars, exhibits, displays, storytimes, puppet shows, and films. It is the policy of the library to make available its meeting room to citizens and groups throughout the community for non-commercial purposes free of charge. Use of the public meeting room by any individual or group signifies acceptance of the terms of this policy.
Article III, Section 2 of the Town Charter appoints the Town Manager, as the Town’s chief administrative officer, responsible for establishing reasonable rules and regulations regarding the Town’s facilities.
- The individual who requests and reserves the use of the meeting room is designated “the responsible person” and must be over the age of 18. They will be responsible for ensuring compliance with the rules set forth herein by all persons using the meeting room at the reserved time, and for any and all damages that may occur as a result of that use of the room. This will not prevent the Town from holding other persons in attendance responsible for such damages.
- The meeting room is available for use between the hours of 7 am and 10 pm. Meetings scheduled outside of library hours must have a responsible person over the age of 18 to pick up a key for the side entrance. All attendees must enter and exit using that door. At the completion of the meeting the lights must be turned off, all trash collected and properly disposed of, the door securely closed and locked and the key returned to the library book drop.
- Use of the library’s meeting room does not constitute Library or the Town of Windham’s endorsement of viewpoints expressed by participants in the program. Advertisements or announcements implying such endorsements are prohibited.
- Persons or groups using the meeting room may not charge or solicit any kind of fee to other individuals for their attendance or participation, except to cover the actual expenses incurred for the use, including honoraria for guest speakers. This rule does not prohibit the solicitation of donations to non-profits.
- The meeting room may not be used for social gatherings such as showers, birthday parties, dances, etc. or for religious services.
- Town or Library needs may pre-empt any other scheduled event and the Town will not be responsible for any costs incurred due to the cancellation of the event.
- Smoking, tobacco use, and alcoholic beverages are not allowed in the meeting room.
- The Town will not discriminate on the basis of any individual’s race, religion, gender, creed, color, age, sexual identity or orientation, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, military status, genetic information, or any other status protected by law.
- Requests for use of the meeting room may be made in person, by telephone, e-mail or in writing. Requests will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis.
- When making a reservation please provide the following:
Name of the organization and its purpose;
Purpose of the meeting;
Name, address, e-mail address, and telephone number of the responsible person; and
The total number of persons expected to attend.
- Reservations are accepted up to 6 months in advance.
- To provide an opportunity for new groups to use the meeting room, a group may use the meeting room only twice each month.
- Notice of cancellation should be made as soon as possible. After thirty (30) minutes, a group may forfeit its reservation if it fails to appear as scheduled.
- Groups may not assign their reservations to other groups.
- Permission to use the meeting room may be withheld from individuals or groups failing to comply with this policy, and from any individual group that damages the room, carpet, equipment or furniture, or causes a disturbance.
Care and Use of Facilities
- Please leave the meeting room as it is found. If the furniture is rearranged, it should be returned to the original arrangement at the end of the meeting.
- Furniture and/or equipment from the main area of the library may not be brought into the meeting room.
- Personal furniture or equipment may be provided by a group with prior approval. Arrangements for the use of any personal furniture or equipment should be made at scheduling time. In order to ensure easy removal of equipment after the meeting, the Library Director should be notified when the equipment is brought into the building.
- Any function which creates an audible disruption to normal library operations will not be tolerated.
- Equipment, supplies, or personal effects cannot be stored or left in the meeting room before or after use.
- Open aisles must be maintained within the seating arrangement to provide clear access to exits.
- During library hours public entrances are to be used for entrance and exit from the building and for all deliveries. Outside of library hours, all meeting attendees must enter and exit through the side door.
- Any announcements or notices to publicize an activity should not be posted or distributed without prior approval of the Library Director.
- Attendance at meetings will be limited to the seating capacity of the meeting room (maximum capacity 50 people). Seating and/or supplementary furniture are not allowed in corridors outside the meeting room.
- A small kitchen facility is available. Other supplies for simple refreshments such as cups, plates, napkins, etc. must be provided by the group or organization.
- Parking for meetings is limited to available spots in the library parking lot. No parking is allowed in the designated No Parking Fire Lane or on the library lawn.
Questions not covered in this policy should be referred to the Library Director.
Authorized library staff may intervene to stop prohibited activities and behaviors. Failure to comply with these rules may result in:
- Withdrawal of an individual or group’s permission to remain on library property and/or
- Withdrawal of an individual or group’s permission to use the library meeting space.
Study Room Policy
Windham Public Library offers two small meeting/study room for groups of up to four people. The purpose of this room is for studying, tutoring, test-taking, and meetings or discussions of a quiet nature. The room is set-up with a table, four chairs, and a desktop computer for public use.
- A patron must be at least 16 years of age to reserve a study room. Patrons under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
- The study room may be reserved in advance by contacting the Help Desk staff; if available, the rooms may also be used on a walk-in basis.
- The rooms may be used for up to two hours daily with the possibility of an extension upon request to be granted by the staff member at the Help Desk.
- Patrons may reserve a room once per week or up to 4 times per month. If you reserve a room and are more than 10 minutes late, your reservation is automatically forfeited.
- Rooms are not locked, and library staff does not monitor unattended rooms or personal items. If you need to leave the room unattended for more than 20 minutes, we ask that you remove your belongings and take them with you. Check with the Help Desk about the possibility of reserving another time slot.
Room Use & Behavior
- Discussions should be at a quiet conversational level and not be disruptive to other library users. You may be asked to leave the room if conversations or behaviors are disruptive.
- The room must be left in a clean and neat condition with no trash left behind.
- Users must leave the study room ten minutes prior to closing time.
- Failure to comply with any of the above, or the Library’s Code of Conduct, may result in denial of future requests to use the room.