Exhibit Proposal

Ames Public Library’s (APL) mission is to connect you to the world of ideas, and one way this is achieved is through diverse and inclusive exhibits. APL welcomes applications from creators and community groups who have an idea for an engaging exhibit at the Library.

Exhibit Guidelines and Procedures

All exhibit proposals will be reviewed by the Library's Programming Team. When a community group, agency, or individual approaches the Library with a request, consideration will be based on the following criteria:

  • Exhibits are free and open to the public

  • Alignment with the library's mission, goals and strategic plan

  • Resources, budgetary considerations and space to accommodate the exhibit are available and appropriate

  • Potential interest and benefit to the community

  • Expertise and skill of the creator

  • Exhibit fulfills the purpose of a defined Library exhibit (see Exhibit policy)


Planning for library exhibits typically begins three to five months before an exhibit occurs. Community members wishing to propose an exhibit should complete and submit the exhibit proposal form prior to the following deadlines. However, late submissions may still be considered.

Proposed Program Dates   Recommended Submission Deadline
Winter (December - February)   September 1
Spring (March - May)   December 1
Summer (June - August)   March 1
Fall (September- November)   June 1

Request for Proposals

APL invites creators and community groups to submit proposals for an exhibit. Please submit your request by clicking the link below and filling out the form.

For additional information

Display and Exhibit Spaces policy: https://www.amespubliclibrary.org/policy/display

Display of an exhibit does not constitute the Library’s endorsement of the content or views expressed by its creators.

Submit an Exhibit Proposal Here