Art Gallery Policy


The Teaneck Public Library offers gallery space (floor plan) for the exhibition of artwork, crafts, and collections of unique, interesting, or historically significant items. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

The Library encourages exhibitions of painting, photography, sculpture, crafts, etc., for civic, cultural, educational, and recreational purposes. Exhibit space is made available on an equitable basis to individuals or groups with respect to artwork that best meet the standards for acceptance. Exhibits should reflect the library’s role as an educational and cultural institution presenting a balanced program of exhibits in all suitable media. Local and regional residents and organizations are encouraged to apply. Preference is given to applicants from Teaneck.

Library use of display areas takes precedence over any other use and the library reserves the right, without notice, to cancel the use of the display area by exhibits if the Director determines the display space is needed for library purposes.


Display exhibitions are under the supervision of the Library Director, who may delegate responsibility to the Administrative Assistant.

Application for use must be made in writing to the Library’s Administrative Assistant. Request forms are available at the library’s circulation desk and on its website. The Application and Checklist must be completed and submitted in a timely manner to the Administrative Assistant, prior to exhibition. Exhibits are usually scheduled for one month. A separate application for a reception may be made at least two weeks prior to a planned event. There are NO receptions at this time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Exhibitions remain on display for one calendar month and are set up by the Library’s Administrative Assistant. Artwork will be hung on the first of the month, or shortly thereafter, and dismantled on the last day of the month.

Wall display space is available in the main entrance gallery, which has a Walker art hanging system. This system requires that artwork be framed and wired for hanging. Locked display cases are also available.


The Library’s insurance policy covers exhibit materials to a maximum of $10,000. If any artist feels $10,000 in coverage is not sufficient, then the artist should obtain additional coverage separately, on his/her/their own.


Information about exhibits and receptions will be included on the library’s website. Artists may send other publicity materials to the Director’s office. This will be forwarded on the library letterhead to local media.

RECEPTIONSThere are NO receptions at this time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Artists are welcome to have a reception. This must be booked ahead of time through the Administrative Assistant. Receptions are to be open to the public, as well as invited guests. Alcohol is not permitted. The artist/exhibitor is responsible for set-up and clean-up chores.


Exhibit space should not be used to advertise a commercial enterprise. However, the artist’s contact information will be made available.

Any transaction between the artist/exhibitor and the buyer must occur off the premises of the library.


Group exhibitions must have a designated coordinator to liaise with the Administrative Assistant. The group coordinator is responsible for: completing and submitting the Application for Group Exhibit and Checklist; scheduling exhibition dates and installation/de-installation dates; providing labels for artwork, press releases, signage, and insurance lists; as well as advising the group of the Library’s Art Display Policy and exhibit guidelines.

Approved by the Library Board of Trustees on September 9, 2021