The primary mission of the University Libraries is to be central to the University community's discovery, communication, and use of knowledge by providing materials, information, and other services to support instruction, research and scholarship, and public service. 


The goal of the Libraries Office of Campus Relations is to keep the general public, University community, and Libraries personnel informed of Libraries materials, services, opportunities, and policies and to position the Libraries as an integral intellectual and cultural resource on the campus through its publications, exhibits, and events.


The University Libraries adheres to the Laws of the Regents, campus policies and procedures, and a number of documents published by the American Library Association (ALA), including the ALA Code of Ethics (http://www.ala.org/alaorg/oif/ethics.html), Library Bill of Rights (http://www.ala.org/work/freedom/libr.html), Freedom to Read Statement (http://www.ala.org/alaorg/oif/freeread.html), and Association of College and Research Libraries Intellectual Freedom Principles for Academic Libraries.


In accordance with the Laws of the Regents, exhibit space in the University Libraries is provided as a forum for the free expression of ideas.  The PR and Cultural Activities Committee (PRC) coordinates exhibits in the Norlin lobbies and other Libraries non-departmental spaces and maintains exhibits policies and procedures.  The Committee accepts applications from Libraries staff; CU faculty, staff, and students; and the general public.  Priorities are the Libraries, the campus, the community.


The subjects and materials of exhibits are considered the viewpoint of the exhibitor(s) and not a representation of the policies, recommendations, or views of the University Libraries.  Exhibitors are placed "under no control or authority save the control and authority of rational methods by which truth is established." and may "communicate the results" of their research through their exhibits.   In the spirit of the principles of academic freedom and free expression, the PRC places no blanket restrictions upon the subject matter, display materials, or opinions expressed in Libraries exhibits. Nevertheless, "academic freedom does not give either faculty or students the right to disregard the standards of conduct" outlined in the Laws of the Regents.  Exhibits will not be accepted if they are deemed by the PRC to be willfully injurious to persons, disruptive of Libraries activities, or to interfere in any manner with the private rights of citizens.   (Quotes are taken from the Laws of the Regents)


An objective of the PR and Cultural Activities Committee is to sustain social memory and provide an inclusive window on the changing human experience.  Contemporary audiences may find material in an exhibit to be offensive to some groups or individuals.  However, the Committee intentionally offers a full range of materials relevant to a given theme.  As a forum for the free exchange of ideas, the PRC welcomes the comment and response of viewers.  The Committee chair, Deborah Fink, Faculty Director for Campus Relations, may be reached at (303) 492-8302, or deborah.fink@colorado.edu.






Approved by the Libraries Cabinet March 2000

Updated and Approved by the Libraries Council November 2003





This page was last modified on 15 April 2004.

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