Naming Policy

The Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System recognizes that naming a facility is a decision of
immense importance. Naming of facilities is undertaken with an appreciation for that

Library buildings should to be named after the geographic area in which they are located. The
geographical name may be combined with that of an individual, family, business or charitable
organization whom the Board of Trustees has chosen to honor for making a very significant
contribution to the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System or community. In these instances, the
geographical name should come first.

The geographical name should give those residing in the surrounding communities and service
area of the library a clear indication of the general area where the library is located.
Collections, programs, services, interior and exterior spaces or other defined areas within library
buildings may be named in honor of those who have made a significant gift or given
extraordinary service to the Library.

The Library Director will appoint a committee to consider each naming request. The committee
will be made up of representatives of the community served by the library, including local
residents, library staff and, where there is a Friends group, Friends members. The Director will
bring the committee’s recommendation to the Library Board of Trustees. For naming of library
buildings and portions thereof, the Library Board will then make a recommendation to the Fulton
County Board of Commissioners, who will have final approval in those instances.

This Policy supersedes any and all previous Library policies governing naming of facilities.
Approved by the Board of Trustees

May 23, 2012


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