Meeting Room Reservations

Due to upcoming renovations in the Children’s Library the meeting room will serve as a temporary Children’s Area and will re-open for public meetings in May 2017. Reservations for May-December 2017 may be made beginning Monday, April 3, 2017. Fill out this online form to request use of the meeting room.

  • April 3, 2017 – Reservations will be accepted for use of the meeting room for May-December 2017.
  • May 2017 – Meeting room re-opens for public use.

Click here for a list of other venues for early 2017 meetings.

For questions, please call (314) 821 5770 x 1015.

Meeting Room Policy

The Kirkwood Public Library maintains a meeting room for Library sponsored programs consistent with its mission “to inspire a lifelong commitment to learning and creativity, for a more prosperous and connected community.”

A. It is the policy of the Board of Trustees to allow use of the Library meeting room when the facilities are not needed for Library sponsored activities and events, or for activities and events sponsored by Library related organizations such as the Friends of the Library.  When not needed for these purposes, the meeting rooms are available to the following: (a) local nonprofit organizations including Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3) and (4) organizations and not-for-profit corporations; and (b) local businesses for community interests, and not for product sales purposes. Private social gatherings are prohibited. All meetings held in Library Meeting Room(s) shall be open to the public, except that a public governmental body may hold a closed session. In compliance with the ADA, the Library requires that groups or organizations using Library facilities do not discriminate on the basis of disability. Teenage or children’s groups may use the meeting room(s), provided they are supervised by an adult. The adult supervisor and the organization he/she represents will be responsible for any damage. Use of the meeting room(s) is limited to qualifying groups or organizations whose membership is composed primarily of residents of the City of Kirkwood, or to businesses that are located in or pay taxes to the Kirkwood Public Library.  Such use by community organizations and groups may not disrupt the orderly conduct of the Library, its programs or activities.

B. The meeting room is available for use between the hours of 9:15AM and 8:45PM Monday-Thursday, between 9:15AM and 4:45PM Friday-Saturday, and between 1:15PM-4:45PM Sunday.  Applications to use the meeting room shall be made at least one (1) week in advance and no longer than one (1) year prior to the scheduled meeting.  The Youth Services staff accept applications and schedule the use of the meeting room. Scheduling is made on a first come, first serve basis. Prior use of the Library meeting room does not entitle any group or organization to future use. A completed application form and payment of all cost reimbursement charges is required before a meeting is scheduled.  The Library reserves the right to revoke or modify permission to use the meeting room and to modify conditions imposed on the use of the meeting room when necessary to adapt to the operational needs of the Library or the needs of Library users.

C. Permission to use the meeting room is revocable and does not constitute a lease. Permission to use the meeting room does not imply that the Library, trustees, or staff endorses the aims, policies, activities or views of the group, organization or person(s) using the Library’s meeting room. Questions regarding the appropriate use of the Library meeting room by any group or organization shall be referred to the Library Director.

D. The Library reserves the right to attend any meeting held in its meeting room (except lawful executive sessions of governmental bodies) to ensure that no unlawful activities are occurring on Library premises. In the event of any unlawful activity or if a scheduled meeting becomes disruptive, the Library supervisor on duty may terminate the meeting and is authorized to call the police to enforce the termination if necessary. Such behavior shall be the basis for denial of all future use by the group or individuals. The Library may impose reasonable time, place and manner restrictions on the use of its meeting room to ensure that the orderly conduct of the Library is not disrupted; that public or private property is not damaged through the use of its facilities; and to ensure that the comfort, convenience, safety and welfare of the public is not disturbed. In compliance with ADA, the Library requires that groups or organizations using Library facilities do not discriminate on the basis of disability

E. Rates: Noncommercial: $10/4 hours ($2 for each additional hour over the 4 hour minimum), Commercial: $110/4 hours($20 for each additional hour over the 4 hour minimum). A cleanup charge of an additional $15 per use will be charged to any group when light refreshments are served. All charges are nonrefundable if any organization or agency cancels a scheduled use of the meeting room(s) less than three (3) working days prior to the scheduled use.

F. Rules for Use of Meeting Room:

  • Generally, no group or organization may use the Library meeting room more often than once per month. Exceptions may be granted for workshops, seminars or educational classes, or for a special need with the approval of the Library Director. No more than two (2) such exceptions may be granted to the same group in a calendar year without approval of the Library Board of Trustees.
  • Application must be filled out (appendix S)
  • The meeting room shall be vacated at least 15 minutes prior to the Library closing.
  • No signs, displays, decorations or exhibits may be attached to the doors, walls or windows of the room.
  • Organizations shall accept responsibility to reimburse the Library for the repair of damaged equipment, repair of damage to the building interior, or for replacement of missing equipment.
  • Organizations and the undersigned agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Library, its Board of Trustees, staff and agents, from and against any and all liabilities, losses, damages, costs and expenses of any kind which may be suffered by, incurred by or threatened against the Library, the Board of Trustees or any of its staff or other agents on account of or resulting from injury, or claim of injury, to person or property arising out of the organization’s use of the Library. The Organization and the undersigned person designated on the application agree to accept responsibility and liability for any and all damages which may arise out of the Organization’s use of the Library, including but not limited to damaged or missing equipment and fixtures, and any and all structural, interior, or exterior damage to the Library.
  • The group or organization is responsible for setting up the meeting room, using the tables and chairs provided by the Library, and for breaking down the setup at the end of the meeting. No setup can begin until the previous program has exited the room. Library personnel are not available to assist in the setup or breakdown. The room must be left in the same condition in which it was found.
  • A sign stating the maximum capacity of the room, as determined by the Fire Marshal, shall be posted in the room. Groups and organizations must comply with the posted capacity.
  • At any program or event where the attendance is anticipated to be near capacity a maximum attendance must be stated, advance registration required, and tickets distributed to insure that capacity is not exceeded.
  • Nothing may be stored or set in the downstairs hallways
  • Organizations may provide light refreshments that involve no cooking in the meeting room. Refreshments may be setup and served only inside the meeting room. Refreshments may not be setup and served in the hallways. Food and nonalcoholic beverages are allowed. The Library provides trash receptacles in the meeting room.  The group or organization is responsible for cleaning up any spills and disposing of all trash in the available receptacles.
  • If the Library closes due to inclement weather or other emergency, the meeting room will not be available for the scheduled use. In such instances, Library staff shall make their best effort to call the contact person for the group or organization that scheduled the use and notify him/her of the cancellation in a timely manner. A refund will be granted.
  • Any group or organization that has scheduled a use of the Library meeting room, and subsequently determines that use is no longer needed, shall notify the Library of the cancellation in a timely manner. Groups or organizations that fail to notify the Library of a cancellation at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled use shall forfeit any further use of the Library meeting room for period not to exceed six months.  Charges are nonrefundable if the organization or agency cancels a scheduled use of the meeting room(s) less than three (3) working days prior to the scheduled use.

G. Public Use:  When the meeting room is not reserved for Library sponsored activities/events, activities/events sponsored by Library related organizations and has not been reserved for use by an approved organization in accordance with the provisions of this Section 9, the Library staff, in their sole and absolute discretion, can elect to open the meeting room for public use by Library patrons.  When the meeting room has been opened for public use by Library patrons, patrons are permitted to use the space on a non-exclusive basis for studying, reading or similar activities.   No patron using the meeting room may engage in any activity that disturbs Library patrons in their customary use of the Library, impedes Library staff in the performance of their duties, or endangers the Library building, equipment or collection.  Patrons using the meeting room when it has been opened for public use will be subject to all of the Library’s rules and policies and must abide by the maximum capacity rules for the meeting room as posted on the sign in the meeting room.  In addition, patrons using the meeting room when it has been opened for public use will not be permitted to use any of the equipment located in the meeting room except for the tables and chairs contained therein.  The Library staff may terminate public use of the meeting room by Library patrons at any time and patrons shall immediately vacate the meeting room upon request by Library staff.

Approved by the Board of Trustees on June 16, 2010
Revised by the Board of Trustees on July 21, 2010
Revised by the Board of Trustees on May 15, 2013
Revised by the Board of Trustees on August 19, 2015
Revised by the Board of Trustees on March 16, 2016

Library Sponsored Events

The Kirkwood Public Library offers a limited number of on-site sponsorship opportunities for programs and events that bring value to the community and are aligned with the Library’s mission “to inspire a lifelong commitment to learning and creativity, for a more prosperous and connected community.” The Kirkwood Public Library welcomes outside organizations or individuals interested in having their program/event on-site at the Library to submit a programming request to the Library.

To request a Library Sponsored Program fill out this online form. Refer below for the Library’s policy on Library Sponsored Events.

Library Sponsored Event Policy

On-Site Library Sponsored Events

The Kirkwood Public Library offers a limited number of on-site sponsorship opportunities for programs and events that bring value to the community and are aligned with the Library’s mission “to inspire a lifelong commitment to learning and creativity, for a more prosperous and connected community.”  The Kirkwood Public Library welcomes outside organizations or individuals interested in having their program/event on-site at the Library to submit a programming request to the Library.  It is within the Library’s sole discretion whether to sponsor a particular program/event on-site at the Library.

Programs/events may be offered space in the meeting room or public area of the Library based on availability, community appeal, cost to the public, and fulfillment of the Library’s mission.  The Kirkwood Public Library will only sponsor programs/events at the Library determined to be in the best interest of the Library.  The Library will not sponsor the following categories of programs/events:

  • Political campaigns, including programs or events that intend to influence the passage or defeat of ballot issues, city ordinances, or to promote candidates for political office
  • Religious programs that promote a single religious viewpoint over that of others
  • Content that advocates violence or intolerance
  • Content that advocates the violation of any local, state or federal law

Library sponsorship of an event does not constitute an endorsement of the program/event’s content or the views expressed by participants.

I. Scheduling a Program/Event:

Interested parties must fill out the programming request form at least 3 months in advance of potential program/event dates.  Library staff will determine appropriate dates based on staffing, space availability, and the scheduling of other Library programs and activities.  Library space or availability for programs/events is not guaranteed.

II. Role of Kirkwood Public Library as Sponsor

Event Space
The Library will provide program space free of charge.  This includes tables, chairs, and technology, if requested at the time of booking and available at the time of the program/event.  The Library meeting room is equipped with a projector, laptop, sound system, and microphone.

Promotional Material
Library staff will design a programming flyer for the scheduled event following standard Library format.  All flyers must be approved by the Library Director.  Flyers are displayed in the Library and on the Library website.  Events may also be promoted on the Library calendar, in programming newsletters, or in blog posts at the Library’s discretion.  Programmers are responsible for promotion of their work in the community.

III. Responsibility of the Programmer:

Library Policies
All aspects of the program/event must comply with the Library’s Policies.

Program/Event Fees and Donations
If a programmer plans to charge a fee for a program/event or seek donations on-site at the Library either before, during or after a program/event, the programmer must seek approval from the Library at the time the programming request is submitted.  No fees or donations may be sought related to any program/event sponsored on-site at the Library without prior approval of the Library,

Sale of Materials
The sale of books, CDs, DVDs, or other items at the Library must be approved in advance by the Library.  If approved, arrangements for the sale and/or signing of items must be handled completely by the programmer and/or volunteers arranged by the programmer. The Library does not act as a sales agent.

Food and Beverages
Food and non-alcoholic beverages may be served, but requires pre-approval from the Library Director.  Any food and non-alcoholic beverage served must follow Department of Health regulations.

Indemnification
By seeking sponsorship, programmers agree to pay for any damage to Library property occurring as a result of the program/event.  Furthermore, programmers agree to indemnify the Library for any damages the Library sustains as a result of sponsoring the programmer’s program/event.