Display and leaflet space is limited and in great demand. It is therefore not always possible to display every submission. The following guidelines indicate how we ensure publicity is allocated fairly and without bias and what is acceptable and likely to be displayed.

Posters submitted will be displayed as soon as possible, with those handed in well in advance kept on file.

As space is limited we give priority to the following:

  • Library events and information;
  • Douglas Borough Council information and events;
  • Statutory notices we are required to display (e.g. elections, consultations);
  • Isle of Man Government and related organisations/departments;
  • Isle of Man travel information;
  • Isle of Man tourist information e.g. maps, what’s on leaflets and guides;
  • Learning and work (e.g. college courses, open days);
  • Charitable events;

Additional guidance:

  • Acceptable size for a poster is no larger than A4 and no smaller than A5;
  • Leaflets should be no larger than A5;
  • Posters should be clear, accurate and presentable;
  • Posters and leaflets should not be handwritten;
  • Every effort will be made to display material. However, submission of material does not guarantee display;
  • No material will be accepted for permanent display;
  • Material must not breach copyright;
  • Please ensure you have permission for any images used;
  • Posters will be displayed for a maximum of three weeks prior to any event;
  • Posters must be put on display by library staff;
  • There is no guarantee that material displayed can be later returned;
  • We do not endorse or recommend any non-Douglas Borough Council services, events or products displayed in the library;
  • We cannot be held responsible for content produced by third parties;
  • We will not print out posters or leaflets for display on customers’ behalf as this incurs a cost to us;

Posters and leaflets which will not be displayed include:

  • Material advertising anything of a commercial nature, including one-to-one tuition
  • Religious material – we will not accept material that seeks to change or influence a person’s existing beliefs or to pressure sections of the population;
  • Political material – we will only display notices about local Councillors and Isle of Man Government departments;
  • Material that is primarily fundraising. Notices announcing local events (e.g. school fayres) that may be fundraising are permitted as are sponsorship appeals for charities in line with Douglas Borough Council policies, but simple ‘give us your money’ publicity is not acceptable;
  • Material that solicits signatures for a petition other than for official Douglas Borough Council petitions;
  • Material that is racist, sexist, homophobic or otherwise discriminatory;
  • Material that is in any way deemed as offensive or obscene
  • Any material displayed without consent will be removed

Revised December 2018