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LIBRARY POLICIES
MEETING ROOM
Revised 9/15/2011


The Library Director or designee is responsible for the implementation and enforcement of the Meeting Room Policy and Guidelines. The Library Director reserves the right to deny use of any Library space or terminate any Group’s use if he/she deems any of these terms have been violated, or if he/she reasonably deems it in the best interest of the Library or its patrons. The Director’s decision may be appealed to the Library Board, which shall have final say.

Williamson County Public Library provides meeting rooms for use when space is available. The primary purpose of the Library’s meeting rooms is to first provide space for and to accommodate the needs of Library-sponsored programs and services. When space is available, the meeting rooms may be reserved by groups or individuals within the guidelines contained in this Meeting Room Policy and Guidelines and the Meeting Room User Agreement Form.

meetingroomThe Library’s meeting rooms are not available for purely social gatherings or for commercial ventures. The definition of “social gatherings” for the purpose of these guidelines shall be a social function such as parties, showers, reunions, etc. The definition of “commercial purposes” includes, but is not limited to, the exchange of goods, services, or property of any kind or to facilitate the exchange of goods, services, or property of any kind or for the exchange of compensation in any form. This restriction shall not prohibit speakers, who charge no entrance fee to participants, from charging a fee for the actual cost of the material to be used by the participants attending the event. No such charge shall be permitted unless approved by the Library Director prior to the event.

These guidelines have been implemented to ensure fair and equitable access to the meeting rooms by all eligible groups. No group will be denied access to a meeting room based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or any group protected by law.
While occupying a room at the Williamson County Public Library, Groups shall not exclude any individual from attending a meeting or other gathering based on the individual’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran, or status in any other group protected by law.

The Meeting Room User Agreement Form, as well as any other required application forms that may be required by the Library, must be completed, signed and returned to the Library before any meeting room may be reserved. The Library Director or designee reserves the right to refuse the use of any room whenever such use does not conform to these policies. The signatory to this document (hereafter referred to as “User”) shall be responsible for ensuring that all individuals attending the meetings are aware of the contents of this policy. Should the original signatory fail to be present at the time the room is to be used for the event, then a person who will be present at the meeting for the entire use of the room shall complete the Meeting Room User Agreement. Failure or refusal to sign the Meeting Room User Agreement shall result in refusal of the use of the room.

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The Library’s Meeting Room may be scheduled for non-commercial, public service, educational, and cultural functions. For-profit or purely social events are not permitted in the Meeting Room. The Library does not under any circumstances allow meetings to be held inside or outside of the Library building without first satisfying all of the requirements set forth herein and all other Williamson County Library Policies.

All children must be supervised at all times. The Library shall not be held responsible for children left unattended while a parent or guardian attends a meeting in the Library’s Meeting Room.

Groups using the Meeting Rooms shall allow sufficient time within its reservation period to complete room set-up, take down and clean up.  At no time shall a group’s reservation begin before or extend beyond the normal operating hours of the Library.

The Library provides tables and chairs for group use. All other items must be provided by the group reserving the room. Table and chair arrangements are the sole responsibility of the group reserving the room. Library staff will not be available to set up room or move tables or chairs. The User or Group under any circumstances shall not attach anything, including adhesives, to ceiling, walls, or woodwork within the Library. Candles are strictly prohibited. Live plants must be in appropriate storage containers to protect furniture and floors. The Library Director or designee shall pre-approve any equipment or other items requested to be used by the User or Group. The Library Director or designee reserves the absolute right to refuse permission for the use of any equipment or use of private items.

The User and/or any other individual shall not block or lock any doorway within the Library. All doors are fire exits and therefore, shall not be blocked or locked. Any violation of this section shall result in immediate termination of this agreement and the User and/or Group shall vacate the room at once. Any injury or death to any person occurring due to the blockage or locking of any doorways or other exits, will be the liability and responsibility of the User and/or each individual of the group using the Meeting Room at the time of the injury.

By signing this form, the User agrees that he/she has read and understands each of the above guidelines.


Print Name: _________________________________________

User’s Signature:_____________________________________

Date:______________________________________________

Group Name:________________________________________


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I have read the Meeting Room Policy and Guidelines and agree that I and my group members/participants will fully abide by them.
Please Print:

I, _______________________________________________, (“User”) hereby enter into this agreement with the Williamson County Public Library for the use of a Meeting Room, having fully read, understood and agreed to be bound by this Meeting Room User Agreement and by all language contained in the Meeting Room Policy and Guidelines governing the use of the facility. I understand that I have reserved the use of the Meeting Room for the following date(s) / times(s)

I understand that my Group/Organization’s reservation is not final until this Form and the Meeting Room Policy and Guidelines is completed, signed and returned to the Library.

I further agree that I will be held financially responsible for any damage to facilities, appliances, furniture, and equipment, including all associated costs of repairing any damage to Library property, while my group is using the Meeting Room during the above date(s) / time(s).

I further agree that I will be held personally responsible for the behavior of the Group/Organization’s membership and other participants while they are using the Meeting Room or any other area of the Library. I understand that the Library Director may cancel our use of the reserved area if I or any member of the group refuses to comply strictly with any term contained in the Meeting Room Policy and Guidelines.

I agree to indemnify and hold harmless Williamson County, Williamson County Public Library, or any of its employees or agents from any judgments, claims, damages, costs and attorney fees for injuries or damages arising, in part or in whole, from the negligent or intentional acts or omissions of any group, its members, employees, participants and/or agents, in connection with the use of the Library’s Meeting Room or the activities of the group.

Responsible User’s Signature __________________________________________

Date _________________

Please Print:


Name of Group Using Meeting Room ____________________________________

Purpose of this Group Meeting: ________________________________________

Number of participants, estimated ______________________________________

What items will be brought into the Meeting Room and/or Kitchen? _____________

_________________________________________________________________

Contact Information for Responsible User: 

Home ____________________ Business __________________

Email_______________________________________________________ 

Cell _____________________  Fax __________________

This form should be returned to the appropriate Library by fax, in person, or by mail.

Williamson County Public Library
ATTN:  Meeting Room Reservation
1314 Columbia Ave.
Franklin, TN 37064
Fax: 615-595-1245

Fairview Public Library
ATTN:  Meeting Room Reservation
2240 Fairview Blvd.
Fairview, TN 37062
Fax: 615-799-1399

Nolensville Public Library
ATTN:  Meeting Room Reservation
915 Oldham Drive
Nolensville, TN 37135
Fax: 615-776-3626

The contact Main Library's the Administrative Assistant, phone 595-1250.

Approved by Board September 15, 2011

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