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Bulletin Board & Handout Policy

Bulletin Board and Handout Policy PDF

Bulletin Boards

Library staff will place, post and remove all items on its bulletin boards.

Flyers, notices and small posters may be posted on Baxter Memorial Library bulletin boards for civic, educational or cultural programs by non-profit or government entities. Posting of information does not imply library endorsement.

Limited space allows only short-term posting on Library bulletin boards as determined by library staff. Explicitly excluded from display are commercial notices of any kind including but not limited to notices of merchandise for sale, rental announcements, and notices of sales at and other related events sponsored by for-profit establishments.

Partisan political posters, fliers, and handouts are not permitted on library bulletin boards. In like manner, political signs are not allowed on Library property. At the discretion of the Library Director or a designee, materials providing general information on local, state or national issues may be put on Library Bulletin Boards. In addition, local ballots will be posted at the library before each election.

An item to be posted on Library Bulletin Boards must be submitted to a library staff person at a Public Services Desk. Subject to approval, a library staff person will post the item on a Library bulletin board. Any item posted without following this procedure will be removed.

Electronic Bulletin Boards

Electronic bulletin boards are located around the library for library announcements and to publicize or enhance library sponsored or co-sponsored events only. This includes events sponsored by the Friends of Baxter Memorial Library.


Library staff members will develop materials promoting the library and its services. These will be available at various locations throughout the library.

As space permits, other handouts may be provided by non-profit or government entities.. All handouts must be made available to the public free of charge. Handouts must be submitted to a library staff person at a Public Services Desk. Subject to approval, a library staff person will place the handouts in an appropriate place within the library. The handouts will be removed by a library staff member after they become outdated or at the discretion of library staff to make room for newer handouts. Any handouts left at the library without following this procedure will be removed.

Only library sponsored handouts will be placed on library Public Services Desks.

Endorsed by the Library Board of Trustees 05/01/03
Adopted by Gorham Town Council 06/03/03
Revised policy adopted 07/15/2013

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