Community Noticeboards & Petition Guidelines

Dunedin Public Libraries (DPL) exists to provide our community with opportunities to read, learn, connect, discover, and enjoy.

The Library serves the whole community and seeks to reflect the interests and opinions of all the members of this community.  As we respect and value difference, no activity may disparage, speak against, or portray unfavourable depictions of another sector within the community.

Displaying materials is a means of providing access to information.

The Dunedin City Library and the community libraries provide community noticeboards free of charge to individuals and groups who wish to inform the community of events and initiatives that they may be interested in.

Guidelines for having your notices displayed

Bring in your notice to any Dunedin Public Library and give it to a staff member.  It will need to meet the following conditions:

  • Be of a non-partisan, educational, artistic, cultural, or recreational nature.
  • Clearly show the name and contact details of the responsible group or individual.
  • Meet minimum standards of literacy e.g., grammar, spelling, format.
  • Contain no words or images that could be considered offensive.
  • Preferably no bigger than A4 in size.

Priority will be given to

  • Local events with specific dates (over undated or ongoing activities)

We will attempt to display material in a timely manner, but do not guarantee that space will be available.

Undated or ongoing activities will be displayed for a maximum period of one month.

We are unable to return material to you.

We cannot accept liability for any material that is lost, stolen or damaged.

We are not able to accept:

  • Anything which contravenes the law or incites the contravention of the law.
  • Party political material
  • Material of a commercial nature.
  • Advertising for e.g., babysitting, flatmates, lost pets, cars for sale, etc.

DPL endorses the Statement on Displays in Public Libraries, adopted by the Library and Information Association of New Zealand Library Aotearoa.

The Library takes a neutral stance on the acceptance of notices and petitions. All noticeboards will display a clear statement that the views expressed are not necessarily those of DPL or the Dunedin City Council.


In the City Library these will be displayed in the Ground Floor Foyer.  It is the responsibility of the petition organisers to provide the forms and remove the completed forms.


Displays are accepted at the discretion of the Director Library Services or their delegated representative.

DPL reserves the right to refuse or withdraw material for displays or noticeboards if it is considered objectionable.

Endorsed by SMT, 30 April 2024