Denver Public Library Exhibits Policy, Guidelines and Procedures

Thank you for your interest in exhibiting your work at the Denver Public Library. All Central Library exhibit spaces are booked through 2019. Starting in 2020, the library will be under construction for several years, so we are not scheduling exhibits beyond 2019.

The Denver Public Library connects people with information, ideas and experiences to provide enjoyment, enrich lives and strengthen our community. In support of this mission, the Library hosts exhibitions.

The Denver Public Library displays materials from its own collections, accepts proposals and also solicits individuals or organizations to provide materials for exhibitions on a variety of topics and interests, appealing to the diverse interests and concerns of the community.

Denver Public Library has sole discretion regarding selection, timeline and in what manner objects loaned are exhibited. The Library retains the right to deny or refuse any exhibit proposal and also has the right to cancel a loan upon reasonable request to the Lender.

Selection Criteria for Exhibits

Aesthetics: Exhibit is pleasing to the perceived public and in keeping with the exhibition space design.

Quality of Exhibit: Art should be in good condition, needing little or no framing or other work to make it viable for display.

Suitability of Exhibit: Exhibit must be suitable for the Central Library’s physical limitations. Art should not require climate control or physical security. Exhibit must be available for a period of three months. Exhibit should complement Denver Public Library collections and services.

Compliance: Exhibit must comply with all federal, state and local laws, including those pertaining to libel, copyright and pornography. Exhibitors must comply with Denver Public Library Exhibit Guidelines and Procedures below.

Loans of exhibits are subject to all provisions contained within the Colorado Statutes. TITLE 38 PROPERTY – REAL AND PERSONAL/LOANED PROPERTY, Article 14 “Loans to Museums,” paragraphs 38-14-101-38-14-112.

Applicable Law

The Library’s exhibit loan agreement shall be construed in accordance with the law of the City and County of Denver, Colorado.

The Denver Public Library observes all federal, state and local laws, including those pertaining to libel, copyright and pornography. The Denver Public Library will exercise reasonable discretion in placement of all exhibits. The Denver Public Library will preserve the public’s right of access and make reasonable efforts to preserve the integrity of an exhibit as a whole.

ALA Library Bill of Rights

endorses the Library Bill of Rights of the American Library Association (see appendix A). The Denver Public Library also accepts the Association’s Interpretation of the Library Bill of Rights on Exhibit Spaces and Bulletin Boards (see appendix B). These documents were developed to affirm the commitment of libraries to the rights of freedom of speech and expression under the United States Constitution. In selecting and displaying works to exhibit, the Denver Public Library complies with these policies and guidelines.