All filmmakers and photographers other than the University Photographer are required to sign our release form (PDF) and get permission from a staff member in the Libraries before any shooting takes place. Once permission is received, filmmakers and photographers must carry a signed copy of the form while shooting in the Libraries. Library staff who observe people filming or photographing in the building should ask to see a copy of the form.

In agreeing to the terms of the release, the University Libraries and the Filmmaker/Photographer affirm the following:

  • We support the notion that privacy is essential to the exercise of free speech, free thought, and free association. In a library, the right to privacy is the right to open inquiry without having the subject of one’s interest examined or scrutinized by others.
  • We support the development and presentation of exhibits, displays, performances, lectures and recordings (video and audio) that enhance the academic experience, contribute to a trusted and welcoming library environment, stimulate creativity and curiosity, and enrich the intellectual and cultural life of the University’s community.
  • We do not support works which are purely defamatory, willfully false, obscene, blasphemous, inciting to hatred, or purposefully discriminatory.

To film or photograph in Alden Library, The Hwa-Wei Lee Library Annex, or the Music and Dance Library, download the release form (PDF) and take it to any public service point in any of the Libraries, agree to the terms of the form, and carry it with you while filming or photographing.