The Friends Meeting Room
The large meeting room in the Newport Beach Central Library is known as the Friends Meeting Room (Friends Room).
The Library Board of Trustees and the Library Services Department administer the Library and the Friends Meeting Room. This room is the primary source of meeting space for library programs and activities. In addition, City officers and employees frequently need to use the Friends Meeting Room for City business on very short notice. Moreover, public use of the Friends Meeting Room takes staff away from their normal duties and, if uncontrolled, can interfere with the public’s use and enjoyment of the library. The City needs to limit the amount and timing of the use of the Library meeting rooms by other than Library and City officials and employees to protect the public interest.
This Policy shall not apply to use of the Friends Meeting Room for Library or Library sponsored activities and programs and City or City sponsored activities and programs. The Library staff, the Board of Library Trustees, the City and its officers and employees and the Friends of the Library and Library Foundation when used for programs and activities directly related to Library functions and purposes; shall be entitled to use the Friends Meeting Room at any time subject only to confirming availability with the Library Services Director.
The purpose of this Policy is to establish:
A. Procedures for processing and approving or disapproving requests from private persons, groups or organizations for permission to use the Friends Meeting Room;
B. Priorities for the use of the Friends Meeting Room to ensure its availability to the City and its officers and employees and to resolve any conflict related to requests for use by others; and
C. Standards and criteria for the use of the Friends Meeting Room to ensure there is no conflict with the public’s use of the City Libraries and no significant impact on the workload of staff.
Any person, group or entity seeking permission to use the Friends Meeting Room(applicant) shall submit an application on the form provided by the Department. The applicant shall provide all information requested in the application and such additional information as may reasonably be required by the Library Services Director to enable him/her to determine if use by the applicant will comply with this Policy. Applications shall not be considered complete unless accompanied by required fees and proof of insurance. No person, group or entity shall be entitled to use of the Library meeting rooms unless their application has been approved by the Library Services Director or his/her designee. If an applicant fails to comply with the standard conditions of use or any special conditions imposed by the Department Director, no additional application by that applicant shall be considered for a one year period from such failure. No application shall be approved until the applicant establishes that any fees, donations or admissions charged for use of the Friends Meeting Room will be for non-profit fundraising purposes or limited to defraying the actual costs and expenses of the activity or program for which the application is submitted.
Standard Conditions to Use
Applications for use of the Friends Meeting Room are approved subject to permittee’s compliance with the following standard conditions to use:
A. The use of alcoholic beverages is prohibited unless expressly approved in writing by the Library Services Director and subject to the approval of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
B. Smoking is prohibited in the Friends Meeting Room, and the entire Library facility, including restrooms.
C. At least one (1) adult shall be present in the Friends Meeting Room when minors are in attendance.
D. No person shall interfere with the normal use and activities of the Library by way of noise, disturbance or other activity.
E. Meetings or activities conducted at the Friends Meeting Room may not be advertised or promoted as City or Library sponsored activities. All materials used for advertising or announcing a meeting or activity to be conducted in a Library meeting room shall be submitted to the Library Services Director at least ten (10) days prior to the use for the sole purpose of determining if the material complies with this condition. The Library Services Director shall notify the permittee of his/her determination that the material complies or does not comply with the condition within two business days after submittal.
F. Meetings or activities in the Friends Room shall not exceed 187 persons.
G. The Friends Meeting Room shall not be used for private social functions such as weddings, music rehearsals, etc. unless rehearsals are necessary as part of a Library or City sponsored public concert, or production which is scheduled to be performed in the Friends Meeting Room.
H. Use of the Friends Meeting Room is limited to 9:15 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday through Saturday, unless expressly approved in writing by the Library Services Director.
I. The provision of insurance should be general liability, naming the City and its officers, agents, officials, employees and volunteers as additional insureds, providing coverage in the amount of not less than $1,000,000 for any claim, loss, injury, damage or other casualty that is in any way related to the use and/or occupancy of the Library meeting rooms by the permittee authorized to use the Friends Meeting Room pursuant to this Policy.
J. The permittee agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless the City and its officers and employees with respect to any claim, loss, or injury that arises out of, or is in any way related to permittee’s use and occupancy of the Friends Meeting Room.
K. Applications for reservations may be made no more than 90 days in advance and no more than once every 90 days.
Priorities of Use
A. FIRST PRIORITY
1. Any official Newport Beach Public Library co-sponsored and/or conducted programs and activities that are directly related to library functions and purposes.
2. Any meeting or activity conducted by any organization of which the City is a member and whose purpose is consistent with the educational and informational function of the Library.
B. SECOND PRIORITY
Use of the Friends Meeting Room may be granted by the Library Services Director to those persons, organizations or entities listed below on a first come first serve basis:
1. Sponsored educational or informational programs and activities of other state or local public agencies such as local public schools or special districts.
2. Recreational, social or civic organizations and/or groups that are promoted and sponsored by City residents or City non-profit organizations that are open to the public and have fifty percent (50%) or more of memberships consisting of Newport Beach residents.
3. Recreational, social or civic organizations and/or groups that are non-resident promoted and sponsored by non-profit organizations that are open to the public, but do not qualify under B.2.
4. Schools, colleges, hospitals or other similar civic groups not qualifying under the definition of non-profit. Non-profit status is defined as an organization that is so defined by the Internal Revenue Service Section 501C3 and has a state of California Tax Identification Number.
Fees, Deposits and Cancellation Procedures
Fees may be charged for the use of the Friends Meeting Room. Fees shall be established by Resolution of and periodically adjusted by the City Council on the recommendation of the Board of Library Trustees. Fees shall be limited to an amount necessary to defray the costs associated with the administration of this policy and the maintenance and repair associated with the public’s use of the Friends Meeting Room.
Adopted O-1 – 7-14-1980
Amended O-1 – 11-28-1988
Amended O-1 – 10-28-1991
Amended O-1 – 2-27-1995 (changed to I-21)
Amended I-21 – 2-24-1997
Amended I-21 – 5-8-2001
Amended I-21 – 4-8-2003 (changed to I-7)
Amended I-7 – 10-10-2006
Amended I-7 - 4-23-2019
This Policy will be periodically reviewed by the Board of Library Trustees on the first to occur of (i) as circumstances may require or (ii) every two years from the date of adoption, last amendment, or last review. Adopted, last amended, or last reviewed on April 23, 2019.