Circulating petitions for signature outside of the library but on library property, such as the parking lot, is considered free speech and protected by the First Amendment.
Circulating petitions for signature in the library is prohibited. It disturbs the orderly operation of the library and may make some patrons feel harassed. Also, it may give the appearance that the library is supporting a specific cause or issue.
All library facilities, including branches and the main library of the Dayton Metro Library are considered limited public forums and therefore provide access and use of designated library spaces to the general public. However that access and use is limited to library purposes and approved activities.
Library exterior spaces are considered public forums and petitioners are not restricted from seeking signatures within the guidelines established for this policy.
Restrictions and prohibitions to petitioners apply to all paid and volunteer canvassers for candidates, partisan or non-partisan, and petitions to get issues on the ballot or those simply those seeking support for a cause or issue. This policy is content-neutral and applies to all regardless of the candidate, issue or cause.
Petitioners may offer literature to individuals; however, petitioners are prohibited from placing leaflets on vehicles in library’s parking lot.
Patron comfort and safety requires petitioners to observe the same 25 ft. limit from doorways as is required of smokers.
Petitioners may not block doorways, prevent patrons from getting in or out of cars, use abusive language or behave in any way which is harassing or intimidating.
Petitioners must stay clear of traffic lanes and vehicular entrances.
Download a PDF of the entire Policy on Petitioning Inside & Outside the Library