UCB Libraries


Exhibits Policy Statement

The mission of the University of Colorado at Boulder Libraries is to enrich and advance learning and discovery in the University, community, state, and nation by providing access to a broad array of resources for education, research, scholarship, and creative work to ensure the rich interchange of ideas in the pursuit of truth and learning.  We join the University to serve Colorado and engage in the world.


The goal of promotional activities in the Libraries is to keep the University community, general public,  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, Library Bill of Rights, Freedom to Read Statement, 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 Programming and Communications Office coordinates exhibits in the Norlin lobbies and other Libraries non-departmental spaces and maintains exhibits policies and procedures. The office 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 Programming and Communications Office 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 Programming and Communications Office 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 Programming and Communications Office is to provide an inclusive window on the changing human experience and sustain social memory through exhibits, art shows, and events. We seek to offer a full range of perspectives and materials relevant to any theme, even when audiences may find some contextual material challenging on its own.  As a forum for the free exchange of ideas, the Programming and Communications Office welcomes comments and responses.


To apply for exhibit space, please consult Exhibit and Art Show Procedures.  


The Libraries Marketing Manager, Lauren Calkins may be reached at 303-492-8302,

Programming and Communications Librarian
University Libraries
184 UCB
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0184

303-492-8302 (ph)
303-492-1881 (fx)


Approved March 2000. Updated November 2003, September 2009, August 2010.