( A ) 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.
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