Petitions and Electioneering Policy

(Approved by Library Board May 17, 1999. Revised April 19, 2010 and May 21, 2012)


The St. Louis County Library allows the circulation of petitions outside its facilities as long as this activity does not interfere with the conduct of business or impede the free access of the public to Library buildings and resources. Specifically, individuals or organizations gathering petition signatures may stand on Library property, as long as they do not block entrances and/or exits, interfere with customers seeking to use the Library, or otherwise disrupt Library patrons or activities. Petitioners are not guaranteed the use of an area protected from sun, heat, or inclement weather. Signs promoting petitions may not be placed on doors or buildings and petitioners must in no way affiliate themselves with the Library, either through written publicity, signage, or verbal statements. Petitioners are required to register at the Library's Circulation Desk prior to gathering signatures.

Petitioning inside Library buildings is prohibited. Petitioners refusing to comply with this policy will be asked to leave Library property.

Electioneering, including the distribution of election literature and the posting of signs, is permitted only on election days; however, any such activity is prohibited within 25 feet of polling places. (Missouri State Statute (RSMo § 115.637(18)). Non compliance may result in a conviction for a class four election offense punishable by fine and/or imprisonment.

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