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2015-05-05 06:00
MM A new draft policy on the use of library halls across Cape Town is open for public participation. 


MM A new draft policy on the use of library halls across Cape Town is open for public participation. PHOTO: SAMANTHA LEE

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Literary teas, community-based activities and other events are often held in library halls.

But due to inconsistency in which events are permitted in these halls, the City of Cape Town has proposed a new draft policy.

The draft Library Hall Usage Policy is currently open for public participation.

According to the policy these halls are primarily for activities organised by library staff.

However, they are also rented to the public or made available free of charge. In addition, businesses are able to hire hall facilities for a fee.

The policy proposal describes how the current lack of a policy is the main contributor to inconsistent decision-making and disagreements with individuals and groups wishing to make use of the halls.

Belinda Walker, City mayoral committee member for community services and special projects, says while the halls are primarily for library activities, they may be used for other purposes, except for social, religious or political purposes.

She explains the primary purpose of these halls is to host community-based activities and programmes that complement the services offered by the library.

“For example, many halls are used as training venues and support the library’s goal of encouraging lifelong learning. The library and information services department would like to prioritise this kind of use.”

She further explains these halls are often linked to and accessed through the library and are not designed for large gatherings or events such as weddings.

The policy also stipulates strict guidelines regarding payment for the use of these halls.

Community organisations and individuals using the hall for community or cultural events will be allowed to use it for free.

However, use of the hall must be paid for when used for business or commercial purposes. A tariff is also charged when a non-profit organisation charges the public to attend their event in a hall.

The draft policy is open for comments until Thursday 30 April.


The draft policy is available at libraries and on To comment, email or fax 086 576 1398

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