Publications may be distributed in agencies of the Dakota County Library System without regard to content, providing the following specifications are met:
1. Publication must be a regularly published magazine or newspaper that is offered to the public at no charge.
2. A sample issue of the publication must be submitted to the Manager of each community library.
3. The copy in the publication must be typeset and reproduced in a clear, legible manner.
4. It is the responsibility of the publisher to supply the publications on a regular basis. The quantity supplied will be limited to the capacity of the rack. Publications must be placed neatly in the rack during the hours the library is open, removing all strings, wrappers, etc.
5. The space allocated for this purpose is limited. When space is full, publishers wishing to distribute publications will be placed on a waiting list and notified as space becomes available. The library reserves the right to limit the number of publications to the number of spaces available.
6. Community libraries which have no built-in distribution racks will require publishers to provide a wire distribution rack, measuring 18" wide by 13-1/2" deep, and up to 37" high. A sign bearing the name of the publication may extend up to 6" above the top of the rack on the back. The sign must be permanently affixed to the rack. (The total height of the rack at the back, including sign, may be up to 43".) The rack will be placed in the space designated by the library, and at the sole responsibility of the publisher.
7. A small sign is mounted where the publications are available, stating: "The Dakota County Library provides this space for the distribution of free materials; however, the materials are not those of the Library."
8. Failure to adhere to the written provisions may result in the immediate removal of the offending publications.
9. Dakota County Library Board reserves the right to change this policy at any time.
Adopted as policy by the Dakota County Library Board, November 14, 1996. County Attorney Review: November, 1996