Library Meeting Rooms: Exempt From Library Values?

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time, it’s probably pretty clear that I’m not a big fan of religion (having an atheist theme for my annual Christmas post is a pretty big clue!)

But as someone who feels just as strongly about the importance of core library values and especially providing access to all types of information that patrons may be interested in, I’ve never understood libraries restricting certain groups from the use of their library meeting rooms.

I mean, okay, some you can understand when the use of that meeting room may put the library in a position of helping to break the law (though I’m not sure I agree with VPL’s decision even if I understand the rationale.  And quite ironically, the assisted suicide meeting ended up being held in…a church!)

But restricting a person or group just because they’d be talking about religion (and even using a book as the basis of that discussion) just seems wrong – no matter what the library policy may be.  It’d also be interesting to look at the library’s collection policy – would they also take a pass on buying a copy of this same book?

Comments 2

  1. Jaime wrote:

    This is totally off topic from this post, but I wanted to share this with you.

    I don’t know if you saw this bit of gold yet, but I got quite the laugh out of it, but then I got real sad too. I was confused by what I was feeling because I felt disgusted as well.

    Anyway, without further due: http://thenextweb.com/shareables/2010/08/19/could-this-be-the-stupidist-forum-post-ever/

    Posted 02 Sep 2010 at 1:56 pm
  2. HeadTale wrote:

    I’d seen that before but thanks for sharing . Yeah, it’s funny/sad/disgusting that somebody wouldn’t think of a library when looking for some sort of a “Blockbuster-like store but for books”. Yikes!

    Posted 04 Sep 2010 at 4:54 pm

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