Meeting Room FAQs
How can an organization rent a library meeting room?
You can rent a library meeting room by contacting any of the libraries with active meeting rooms either in person or over the phone.
Libraries with actively available meeting rooms are:
Eudora Welty Library
Quisenberry Library of Clinton
Margaret Walker Alexander Library
Bolden Moore Library
Medgar Evers Library
Richard Wright Library
Willie Morris Library
Raymond Public Library
Lois A. Flagg Library of Edwards
What does it cost to rent a library meeting room?
Reservation fees for renting the meeting rooms in any library are:
- $25.00 for 4 hours
- $50.00 for 8 hours
Who can rent a library meeting room?
Nonprofit organizations, such as 501(c)(3) foundations, civic organizations, general interest clubs and educational organizations may be eligible to rent the meeting rooms in our library system. Please check our meeting room policy to see if your organization is eligible to rent our meeting rooms. All meetings held in our libraries must be fully open to the public at all times.
By Mississippi law, commercial businesses cannot rent any public building, including public libraries.
Please see our meeting room policies under the policy section of the About Us section of our website.
Why can't a commercial business use our library meeting rooms?
Commercial businesses cannot use library public meeting rooms because all of our library facilities are owned or funded by either the City of Jackson or Hinds County and are considered public buildings. Under two Attorney General opinions issued in 1992, the issue of meeting room use in public buildings was very clearly addressed. The first opinion stated, “Organizations or individuals cannot use public facilities for commercial ventures” and the second one affirms the first policy by saying that, “a municipality may not provide use of public buildings to individuals, businesses or corporations for activities for profit.” The JHLS meeting room policy clearly states that the meeting rooms of the Jackson Hinds Library System may be used for public gatherings of an informational, civic, cultural and educational nature. This precludes their use for private business meetings of any kind including staff training, sales meetings or any other kind of meeting of a commercial nature.