- North Shore Libraries are a suitable and important place for the display of material on current affairs whether local, regional, national, or international.
- This information can be displayed in a variety of formats such as posters, notes, petitions, pamphlets, cartoons, or books.
- In displaying this information, North Shore Libraries are governed by sound principles. These are that:
a. the aim of the library is to provide responsible material in order that the public may form a balanced opinion.
b. space should be available for all sides of opinion in controversial matters to be displayed, including unpopular and unorthodox opinions.
- Citizens will be encouraged to submit such material to their local libraries and, within the limits of available space and time, libraries should display this material, provided it does not contravene the law. The activities of pressure groups who wish to limit this freedom of expression should be resisted by librarians and their employing authorities.
- Fair allocation of available space and time for displays will be at the discretion of the Library Manager
- These principles apply to displays initiated by the Library as well as by citizens. They also apply to displays of a religious or semi-religious nature, e.g. Christmas, Easter, Halloween, when a fair and balanced presentation is to be made.
- This policy is consistent with that of the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa, relating to displays.
Display material of a specific commercial nature or privately owned business e.g. Spanish lessons, music lessons, dog grooming etc. will not be displayed. The exception is material advertising the availability of English lessons for new immigrants.
Other commerical material of a cultural or social benefit to the greater community will be displayed as space allows e.g. ballet, theatre, seminars addressing social issues etc.