Friday, November 20, 2015

Library Settles Challenge To Use of Meeting Rooms and Changes Its Rules

Library Journal reported yesterday that the Lawrence, Massachusetts pubic library has changed the rules for the use of its meeting rooms after the city settled a lawsuit (see prior posting) challenging the ban on using the rooms for political or religious advocacy. The suit was brought by Liberty Counsel whose application to use a room for a session that would include prayer, hymns and an appeal to return the country to Christian values was turned down. The revised rules exclude use of meeting rooms only for private social events or for groups soliciting business, trying to make a profit or fundraising.