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SCC Library Display/Exhibit Policies

SCC Library Display/Exhibit Policy


The Scottsdale Community Library is committed to enriching the scholarly and cultural life of the campus community and building campus engagement by displaying exhibits with educational or cultural value, exhibits that highlight student work, or exhibits that increase awareness and/or promote the use of the SCC Library or SCC resources, organizations, or programs.

This policy does not apply to works that are a part of the art collection housed in the SCC Library.


Who May Request to Display/Exhibit:

  • Any SCC division, department, program, faculty member, or organization

  • Organizations affiliated with the Maricopa County Community College District and Scottsdale Community College.

  • Student Organizations: Exhibits sponsored by student organizations should be coordinated between club leadership and the Division Chair. Recognizing that student organizations are aligned with varied professional, social, cultural, religious, and political interests of the student body, SCC Libraries seek to provide a forum whereby such clubs can express the viewpoint of the organization while promoting library resources, academic inquiry, and civil discussion. As such, displays relating to controversial issues may be required to include materials which represent diverging viewpoints. Additionally, student organizations interested in expressing alternate viewpoints may be invited to sponsor a display which might contribute to a broader discussion.

  • Individuals may not request personal exhibits.

  • Exhibit requests should be submitted using this form

  • Proposals are accepted throughout the year.


Request Frequency:

The number and frequency of exhibits arranged by any one organization is typically limited to one per semester.


Display Locations:

Display locations will be determined by library faculty in coordination with the requesting organization. Several walls and a display case have been designated as space for the display of student work. Other exhibits will need to be freestanding and able to fit into the existing space without disrupting normal use of the library for study and research.



All exhibits at SCC Libraries are subject to approval by the library faculty. The Library Division Chair reserves the right to final say on exhibits contents (as meeting the Purpose of displays as noted above).


Duration of Displays:

All displays/exhibits are temporary.


Typical duration for exhibit displays is approximately 4 weeks. Exhibits duration will not exceed 8 weeks.


Those displays that commemorate an event will be removed within two working days after the event. The person, department, or organization responsible for planning and setting up the display/exhibit is responsible for picking up items from the library. Display items not removed are subject to removal by the library staff.

General Guidelines:


Exhibits are selected based on:

  • Educational content

  • Timeliness to current and campus events

  • Relevance of materials to the campus and wider community

  • Scheduling constraints. Proposed exhibitions must fit into the Library planning calendar

  • Reinforcement of the Library’s strategic and development goals

  • Quality and aesthetic value

  • Thematic integrity

  • Availability of space

  • Priority will be given to displays that are: SCC Library-produced or SCC Library-solicited or SCC student-produced

It is the Library’s goal to present a diverse Scottsdale Community College community with displays that reflect a wide range of views, expressions, opinions and interests. Specific displays may include items that may be unorthodox or unpopular with the majority or controversial in nature. The Library’s display of these items does not constitute endorsement of their content but rather makes available its expression. Scottsdale Community College Library adheres to the principles of intellectual freedom, adopted by the American Library Association, as expressed in the Library Bill of Rights and the Freedom to Read and Freedom to View Statements.


The SCC Library does not accept responsibility for ensuring that all points of view are represented in any single display. Granting permission to display materials does not imply endorsement of content by the SCC Library, SCC, or MCCCD. SCC Library will not accept responsibility for the accuracy of statements made in such materials. However, the SCC Library reserves the right to include materials that present opposing viewpoints of material contained in the display.


Exhibits are not for the purpose of promoting personal views/opinions, or commercial and organizational positions. Displays should seek to promote academic inquiry and civil discussion when addressing controversial issues.


All displays must meet existing State and Federal laws on obscenity, libel, defamation of character or invasion of privacy.


Displays/exhibits are not to be used for sales or commercial functions.


The SCC Library reserves the right to alter or remove any display.


The SCC Library assume no responsibility for theft, loss, damage, or destruction of display/exhibits items.


Exhibits must not present a safety hazard to library users, personnel, or the facilities.


The Library’s primary purpose is to provide our users with access to collections and services for academic research and study. Exhibitions may not compromise the ability of the library to meet its primary purpose.

Exhibitor Responsibility


The person proposing the exhibit (originator) will assume full responsibility to coordinate installing and dismantling the exhibit with library faculty. All costs associated with preparing and displaying the exhibit (ex: framing) will be borne by the requesting entity/organization. Exhibits should be installed within two days of specified start dates. Failure to do so may result in forfeiture of the time and space allocated for the exhibit. Materials must be removed promptly at the close of the exhibit period.


Exhibit materials are afforded the same security protection as that of all library materials. Additional security cannot be provided by the library. The SCC Library assume no responsibility for theft, loss, damage, or destruction of display/exhibits items, and exhibitors will be required to sign a liability waiver.

Physical Arrangements

Reasonable efforts should be made to make all exhibits accessible to everyone, with special provisions, when possible, to accommodate the disabled. An exhibit must not constitute a physical hazard or impede research or regular library use.