7.011 Display Case Exhibits

The library provides opportunities to individuals, groups and non-commercial organizations to display materials temporarily in designated display cases within the facility. As an institution for education and the exchange of information and ideas among its customers, and in the light of the library’s primary mission of serving Arlington Heights residents and organizations, the library makes these display cases available for the public display of governmental, civic, cultural, educational, recreational and public information. The goal of the library is to ensure a variety of displays are presented throughout the year. The presence of a public display in the facility does not constitute an endorsement of its contents by the library. There is no fee for the display of materials in the display cases.
Six designated display cases are generally available for the exhibit of materials by the Arlington Heights public. The library reserves the right to use one or more cases for library use, and to reschedule any outside booking if the library needs to use a reserved case. Individuals, groups, or organizations wishing to exhibit may indicate their preference of display case, but the library reserves the right to make the final assignment.

Duration and Frequency of Exhibits

Each exhibit is scheduled for the period of one calendar month. The display period begins on the first business (Monday through Friday) day of the month and ends on the last business day of the month.

An individual or non-commercial organization may appear on a Request Form as either applicant or sponsor a maximum of once every 365 days. Exceptions may be granted subject to display case availability.


The following are eligible exhibitors:
  • Arlington Heights Memorial Library
  • Arlington Heights residents
  • Non-commercial organizations based in Arlington Heights
  • Any other individual, group, or non-commercial organization, only if the exhibit is sponsored by an Arlington Heights resident
  • Exhibitors coordinated by library staff.


Exhibit materials must be of an appropriate size and quantity to fill the display case. Each exhibit must conspicuously contain the exhibitor’s name(s) and, should an exhibitor choose, contact information. The library will provide this sign. Any additional information to be displayed must be provided by the exhibitor. Display cases are not to be used for the sale of merchandise (for example, displaying price tags) or services or to solicit donations. Library-sponsored or co-sponsored exhibits and the Friends of the Library exhibits are exempted from the restrictions.

Loss or Damage

The library takes reasonable precautions to protect displays; however, the library will not be responsible for any damage, loss or theft. Exhibitors are responsible for insuring any valuable displayed materials.

Prohibited Displays

The material displayed and the manner in which it is displayed will be regulated to the extent necessary to prevent the display’s physical characteristics from interfering with the use of the library by customers and staff. The library welcomes expression of all viewpoints. However, exhibits may not contain the following:
  • Material that threatens violence or intimidation of any individual or group;
  • Obscene material, defined as material that the average person, applying contemporary community standards, would find that the work taken as a whole appeals to the prurient interest; that the work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct defined under Illinois law; and that the work taken as a whole lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value

Removal of Materials by Library

The library will remove any materials or displays violating these policies from the display cases immediately. The library may also remove any materials not removed from a display case by the library’s closing hour on the last business day of the month. The library will not be responsible for any damage, loss or theft, or for the storage of any materials it removes.