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Exhibitions at the Ann Arbor District Library

Statement of Purpose:

The Ann Arbor District Library is an information center for the community and encourages the free expression of ideas essential to an informed citizenry. To accomplish this role, a primary objective of the Library is to serve as an active resource for learning, studying and contemplating ideas. In an effort to increase the visual education and artistic experience of all visitors, the Library’s exhibition program features local, regional and national artists as well as traveling exhibitions.

Requirements for the Use of Exhibit Space:

Potential exhibitors are required to submit an exhibit application along with images of the actual works to be considered for review, which will be examined by the Library Exhibits Committee.

The committee will consider a wide range of artistic expression in deciding on potential exhibitors. However, in deciding on the suitability of any work, the committee is mindful that the areas of display are used for normal library activity and will be viewed by all segments of the community and all age groups.

The Library does not endorse the beliefs or viewpoints of topics that may be the subject of library exhibits, whether library-initiated or sponsored by an individual or group from within the community. The following disclaimer will be placed on each exhibit case – “The acceptance of any exhibit by the Library does not imply endorsement of the content of the exhibit.”

Exhibit space may not be used for advertising or for commercial enterprises or political candidates.

The Library reserves the right to decline any application that does not promote or is inconsistent with the Library’s educational mission or based on time, place and manner considerations reasonably tailored to the mission and operations of the Library. The Library Director reserves final approval over any recommendations of the Library Exhibits Committee. The Library Director reserves the right to request the exhibitor to make changes to the exhibit as required by the Library.

Policy Adopted: December 12, 1995
Revisions Adopted: July 16, 2001
Revisions Adopted: February 16, 2009

How it Works:

  • Complete the Exhibit / Display Space Application with information about your exhibit proposal.
  • Library staff will confirm that your application has been received.
  • All complete proposals will be reviewed by the Exhibits Committee. 
  • Applicants will be notified of decisions following the review. Please note the Exhibit Committee conducts two reviewing periods yearly in January and July. 

Hardcopy applications may be submitted by mail or in person to: AADL, Attn: Exhibits, 343 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor MI 48104. Exhibit / Display Space Application

For more information on current exhibits click here.

Questions? Please call (734) 327-4200 or email