Photographing and Filming Inside and Outside the Libraries

Written consent is not necessary when photographing or filming inside or outside the Libraries where individuals are not the focus or the subject and are not identified.

Libraries employees, including student assistants, do not need to fill out a release form if in a photograph or video.

When an individual or small group of individuals is the focus of photography or video, please ask each person to fill out a written release and maintain a record of the forms. Keep a digital copy of the release form with the image or video files with which they are associated. Releases can be downloaded here:

The more information you can provide your subject, the more comfortable they will likely be with the photo or video shoot.

Children under the age of 18 must have a written release form obtained from their parent or guardian and you are strongly discouraged from using minors in photographs or video.


The use of photo captions or metadata that identifies the student, faculty or staff names, except for news or published stories, is strongly discouraged, and must be provided by the person. Additionally, do not include information from protected areas such as age, race, sex, national origin, religion, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, marital status, or sexual orientation.


Photos will be taken at libraries events. You may see a sign like the one below letting attendees know their photo may be taken.