Photography and video recording
The University Libraries offer public spaces that accommodate a wide range of
users. Because libraries offer central, neutral environments that support
teaching and learning, they frequently serve as backdrops for photo shoots or as
destinations to interview a cross-section of students.
should comply with the guidelines below.
1) Minimize disruption.
Lights, equipment, or loud noise may compromise users' ability to accomplish
their work. Be courteous.
2) Respect privacy.
Libraries have long protected the confidentiality of their users, who expect to
study in an environment that safeguards their anonymity if so desired. Do not
photograph over student's shoulder, for example, if it shows the content of his
or her work. As a courtesy it's always best to get permission before taking
Note that audio recording of private conversations
without the permission of those being recorded, even when it takes place in a
public space, violates Maryland law.
3) Be safe.
Do not block exits, stairways or otherwise obstruct the flow of traffic.
Thousands of users enter libraries on campus every day, and their safety is
Approval to film on university property for
commercial or non-news purposes must be obtained prior to the onset of filming.
A minimum of 10 business days is required to properly consider any request.
Approval is granted through the Office of University Communications by
submitting a film request application. An application and explanation of the
procedures and process may be found on the University of Maryland Communications
News-related interviews with University of Maryland faculty or staff do
not require a Film Agreement, and no filming fee will be charged. However,
interviews must be coordinated with a Media Relations Associate in the Office of
University Communications. Please call 301-405-4621 for more information.