Request a Meeting Room

Request a meeting room using the form below or submit the Meeting Room Application Form (PDF, 130 KB) to your desired library location by fax, mail, or hand delivery using the instructions on the form. All requests are subject to approval.

Date and Time
Include enough time for set-up and take-down.
Format: 04/16/2014
Format: 01:56PM
Format: 04/16/2014
Format: 01:56PM
Meeting Room

The Central Admin Board Room is available to the public after 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and during normal library business hours Saturday and Sunday.

It is available for business meetings, webinars, and training for adults.

Meeting Room Prices

Central Community Room
  • Non-Profits & Arlington Neighborhood Associations: application fee waived*
  • Other Organizations: $20 application fee
  • Optional Equipment: LCD Projector, TV/DVD player, Podium with Microphone & Sound System
Central Admin Board Room
  • Non-Profits & Arlington Neighborhood Associations: $15 per hour
  • Other Organizations: $15 per hour
  • Optional Equipment: 55” LED Monitor with Internet connectivity, TV/Blu-ray player
Branch Library rooms
  • Non-Profits & Arlington Neighborhood Associations: application fee waived*
  • Other Organizations: $20 application fee
  • Optional Equipment: TV/DVD player
Room Non-Profits & Arlington Neighborhood Associations Other Organizations Optional Equipment
Central Community Room application fee waived* $20 application fee LCD Projector, TV/DVD player, Podium with Microphone & Sound System
Central Admin Board Room $15 per hour $15 per hour 55” LED Monitor with Internet connectivity, TV/Blu-ray player
Branch Library rooms application fee waived* $20 application fee TV/DVD player

* The $20 Application Fee is waived for groups with IRS Non-Profit determination documentation and for Arlington Neighborhood Association groups registered with the Arlington Strong Neighborhood Initiative. If you are unsure, check with your group's secretary or treasurer.

Contact

An Arlington Public Library account in good standing is required to reserve a room, unless it is to be used by a government agency. Any applicable charges will be placed on that account if your request is approved. The charges can then be paid online or in person. All charges must be paid 72 hours before your meeting.

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Meeting Room Usage Policy

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The meeting rooms in all Arlington Public Libraries facilities are primarily for the use of the Library System for programs that promote Library services, or by the City of Arlington for City sponsored events. The following policies do not apply to Library events, Library-sponsored events or City of Arlington events held in Library meeting rooms.

When a meeting room is not in use by the Library or a City department, the meeting rooms are available on a first come, first served basis to groups and organizations as specified in this document.  These uses are scheduled by a completed application, accompanied with a check covering the application- processing fee when applicable.

Use of the Library’s meeting rooms does not constitute Library or City of Arlington endorsement or approval of viewpoints expressed by participants in the program.  Advertisements or announcements implying such endorsement are not permitted.

  1. Meeting rooms of the Arlington Public Library are designed to meet general informational, educational, cultural, and civic purposes.
  2. Under the following guidelines, Library meeting rooms are available at times and locations that do not conflict with daily operations of the Library:
    • Payment of a $20.00 application processing fee (waived for non-profit groups with proof of non-profit status and for City of Arlington neighborhood associations that are registered with the Community Planning and Development’s Neighborhood Network.) 
    • All meetings are open to the public
    • No admission is charged for those attending the meeting
    • No sale of goods or services nor the solicitation for future sales or services will be permitted without prior Library Administration approval.  "Solicitation" is any act or attempt to advertise, market, or sell any product or service or to seek membership in any organization, or to obtain a donation/contribution.  This includes the collection of “free-will” offerings.  Public property, such as City of Arlington buildings, facilities, parking lots, grounds and other real property, is held in trust for the public.  It is to be used for governmental and public purposes and governmental property is not to be used for private gain.
  3. Acceptable usage of the Library’s meeting rooms includes:
    • Library sponsored activities and programs
    • City of Arlington Department programs and meetings
    • Civic, cultural, educational and informational programs
  4. Library public meeting rooms are not available for the following uses:
    • Political campaign purposes (political forums are permitted)
    • Weddings and/or Showers
    • Family Reunions
    • Individual and private parties
    • Banquets
    • Dances
    • Commercial uses, i.e. where personal or business profits are the chief aim of the meeting
  5.  The following restrictions are applicable:
    • Per the City of Arlington Fire Department, attendees may not exceed the posted occupancy load for the meeting room as established by the City of Arlington Fire Marshal.
    • Facility users are responsible for checking for posted fire exits and evacuation procedures.
    • The Library reserves the right to cancel a reservation in the case of an emergency closing.  A full refund of the processing fee will be provided. 
  6. Usage of any Library facility phone number as a contact phone number for the meeting/event scheduled, including but not limited to written, verbal, or internet, to promote the event is prohibited without prior approval by Library Administration.  The Library will not serve as a point of information referral for patrons who may have questions regarding the meeting or who wish to contact the meeting organizers.
  7. Any printed or electronic publicity or marketing materials that include the Library’s name and address must include the disclaimer:  “This event is not sponsored by the Arlington Public Library.”
  8. Prior to the use of a Library Meeting room, Library Administration reserves the right to review any signage, decorations, or literature to be displayed in the meeting room for compliance with the meeting room policy.  No signage may be affixed to the walls, woodwork, ceiling, windows, or furniture.  Decorating is permitted, but certain types of decorations are prohibited.  Restrictions include, but are not limited to:
    • Confetti
    • Burning Candles or incense, any type of open flame
    • Decorations incorporating metallic glitter
    • Nails, thumbtacks, or staples on any room surface
    • Tape on walls, ceilings, and woodwork
  9. All decorations and displays should be removed at the conclusion of the meeting.
  10. TV/DVD/VCR and overhead projector equipment is available for public use, but users will be held responsible for any reasonable repair or replacement costs for damaged or destroyed equipment.  Not all locations have the same items available for use, nor will equipment be transferred from one location to another.  See application for equipment available.  Assistance with audio visual, internet access, and PC hardware/software is unavailable on items not supplied by the Library.  Music or other audio must be limited in volume as to not disturb other library users.
  11. Upon arrival, the applicant must inquire at the Public Services desk to speak with the Library Supervisor on duty to gain access to the room, furniture, and all equipment requested.
  12. The applicant and/or organization are responsible for any and all damages to the meeting room and/or equipment. Library property stored in the meeting rooms shall not be removed or transferred to other areas.
  13. The Arlington Public Library reserves the right to revoke a reservation if the program or gathering is disruptive to the Library’s normal course of business, is in violation of the adopted Rules Governing the Use of the Library, or in violation of the guidelines set forth in this Meeting Room Policy.
  14. Meetings will not generally be scheduled before or after Library hours. Group representatives may not enter Library buildings, nor will deliveries be accepted, before the regular opening time.  The applicant is provided 30 minutes prior to the meeting for setup and 30 minutes following the meeting to stack up the tables and chairs and cleanup. 
  15. Upon completion of the meeting the applicant must inspect, with the Library Supervisor on duty, the premises and/or equipment used to ensure that all resources used are in as good a condition as existed prior to usage. The meeting room must be returned to the condition in which it was found and must be completely vacated prior to the Library’s closing time, unless prior arrangements have been made with the Library Supervisor.  Failure to comply with this regulation will result in forfeiture of future use of a meeting room.
  16. Any equipment, furnishings, or belongings left by the applicant or those attending the meeting, shall be removed and placed in Library’s lost and found.  These items will be discarded after 90 days.  The Library is not responsible for any items left on Library premises.  There will be no payment or replacement for items lost by the organization or those in attendance.  Insurance coverage is not provided.
  17. Food or beverages may be served in all public use meeting rooms.  No alcoholic beverages are allowed.  All Arlington Public Library System facilities are non-smoking.

Application

  1. The person making the meeting room application shall be (ALL of the following):
    • A resident or property-owner of the City of Arlington
    • An Arlington Public Library card-holder, in good standing
    • An authorized representative of the organization holding the meeting
    • In attendance at the requested meeting
    • Held accountable for restoring the room to setup condition and for any damages to the room or to Library equipment
  2. An application for meeting room use can be submitted four ways:
    • In person
    • By fax
    • By mail
    • Online
    • An application must be accompanied by full payment of the $20.00 application-processing fee, when applicable, or proof of non-profit status.  A tentative booking securing the room for 48 hours is available for users requiring extra time to complete the process, such as those booking the room by phone.  A user may also submit the application by mail, however, no extra time will be allotted for mail delivery, and the reservation will not be considered complete until delivered to the appropriate Library location.  If the application and payment are not received within the 48-hour time limit, the tentative reservation will be cancelled, and the room will be considered open for other applicants.
  3. Standing reservations for monthly meetings may be scheduled for a three-month time period, weekly meetings may be scheduled for a one-month time period.  Applicants may have three active reservations at any given time within the Library system.  Applicants may reapply for use of the room upon successful completion of any meeting during the initial reservation time block.

Approval and Exception

  1. Reservations are approved on a first come, first served basis
  2. The Library Director shall have final authority regarding use of Library meeting rooms and/or cancellation or discontinuance of meeting room reservations.

The Arlington Public Library Meeting Room Policy can be found on the Library’s web site, ArlingtonLibrary.org.  Contact any Library location to have the policy and application mailed or faxed upon request.

Approved and Adopted by the Library Advisory Board 06/24/2010

After reviewing the policy I acknowledge all of the following: