Photography in the Library

Casual amateur photography is permitted in Library facilities for patrons and visitors wanting a remembrance of their visit. Photography is allowed to the extent that it does not interfere with the provision of Library services, is consistent with the Library’s Mission, and does not violate the Code of Conduct. Commercial photography requires prior permission and is subject to restrictions.

Photographers are asked to be respectful when taking photographs of individuals or small groups, with special consideration to children, youth, and families. Photographers are to be mindful that some cultures object to being photographed, and to practice common courtesy by seeking permission of individuals that may be featured prominently in their photographs.

Photograph or photography - for purposes of this policy, photograph or photography means any method of media capture including image, video and audio recordings of any kind or process, including any method of still image or audiovisual capture now or in the future.

Library - for purposes of this policy, Library refers to buildings, property, and vehicles owned or leased by the Dayton Metro Library.


  1. Public libraries are considered a limited public forum – any restrictions on creative expression must be content neutral, narrowly tailored to serve a significant government interest, and leave open alternate channels of communication.
  2. Public areas do not include areas where personal privacy would be expected (i.e. restrooms), or areas and/or events where photographing is prohibited by signage.
  3. In order to safeguard the Library’s patrons, employees, buildings and collections, and to ensure Library business is conducted without disruption, the Library reserves the right to deny or terminate any photography on Library property.
  4. Individuals filming or photographing on Library premises have sole responsibility for gaining all necessary releases and permissions from persons who can be identified in any photograph. The Library undertakes no responsibility for obtaining these releases.
  5. Library sponsored programs, events and classes may be photographed or videotaped for Library promotional or historical purposes.
  6. Researchers and journalists are responsible for obtaining permissions from material owners when photographing copyrighted material in the Library. Additional permissions must be obtained to photograph materials or items in special collections because of complex copyright issues in these areas.

Effective Date 12/20/2017 (AD121)

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