Permission to Film/Photograph in Library Facilities

All photographic, video, or audio recordings made within University Library facilities must be authorized by the Library. Use of Library facilities for photographs, video, or audio recording is governed by the Cornell University policy on the Use of University Name, Image, or Logos, which states that use of some locations requires special permission in certain circumstances. For example, special permission is needed for access to certain areas for activities that might interrupt the normal flow of student life, business, or traffic; and for activities that involve University staff time or resources.

Because the mission of the University Library is to provide and promote an atmosphere conducive to teaching, learning, and research, we reserve the right to limit photographic, video, or audio recording activities to assure that this atmosphere is maintained. In general, access will be limited to public and public service areas of the University Library, but access to staff areas and other areas closed to the public may be evaluated and approved on a case-by case basis.

Library Administration must authorize any use of Library facilities. Interested parties should request permission to film or otherwise record in Library facilities through the University Librarians’ Office or Library Facilities Office.

The Library reserves the right to ask any individual or group to cease photographic, video, or audio recording. Individuals or groups who refuse to cease recording upon request by an authorized Library staff member will be considered in breach of the University Library policy on patron conduct in the Library system.


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