increase font size
Translate



Self Publishing
Events Calendar
Get a Library Card
Place a Hold or Renew
Reserve a Room
Donate Now
HPL E-News Signup
eBooks & Downloadable Media
Passport Services

PHOTOGRAPHY, RECORDING AND FILMING POLICY

Policy Statement

Hartford Public Library provides a myriad of educational, cultural and civic engagement services to the community, as described in the library’s mission statement. Photography and filming, as described below, is allowed to the extent that it does not interfere with the provision of library services and is consistent with the library’s mission statement and code of conduct.

Definitions

The terms “photograph” or “photography”, “recording” or “filming” are used generally and refer to any method including photography, filming, videotaping or any other process of still or moving image or audiovisual capturing in any method used now or in the future.

  • Hartford Public Library shall include the following:
  • Downtown Main Library (500 Main Street)
  • Buildings designated as Branch libraries
  • Buildings and locations designated as interim libraries or program locations
  • Bookmobiles and kiosks
  • All other property and facilities assigned to or owned by the library

Amateur Photography

Casual amateur photography by customers and visitors wanting a memento of their visit is permitted in library facilities so long as additional equipment such as lighting is not used.

General Policy Regarding Permission

Permission is not required for photographing/filming/recording in public areas if no tripods, lights or other specialized equipment is used. However, there may be designated areas in library locations and/or exhibition areas or other areas or events where photographing is prohibited.

For all other photographing/filming/recording, requests for permission must generally be made at least 24 hours prior. Permission should be requested on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. when the Communications Department is normally open.

Approvals of Requests

The CEO, or her/his designee in the Communications Department is authorized to grant permission to photograph/film/record the interior of library buildings, setting the conditions under which the photographing may take place, or to deny permission.

Factors Considered for Approval

The CEO, or her/his designee in the Communications Department will consider and act upon requests for permission to photograph considering:

  • The public interest
  • Statutory requirements
  • The library’s interest
  • Issues of confidentiality
  • The amount of time each project will require
  • The need to maintain impartiality among competing photographers
  • Any other purpose that the CEO, or her/his designee in the Communications Department deems to be in the interest of the Hartford Public Library

Exterior Photography

Photographing the exteriors of library buildings does not require permission; photography may not impede the ingress or egress of visitors or staff to or from any library building.

Media Requests

While the Hartford Public Library has an open-door policy for news media photographers and reporters whose stories directly involve the library’s programs, resources, collections, and services, obtaining advance permission is extremely important to:

  • Protect the safety and privacy of those using library facilities and resources
  • Ensure library business is conducted without disruption
  • Ensure that the library’s users are not disturbed

Media representatives must obtain approval from the CEO, or her/his designee in the Communications Department, and must be accompanied by a member of the HPL staff during all photographing.

Nonprofit, Academic or Research Projects

Photographers working on nonprofit, academic, or research projects must secure authorization in advance to avoid disrupting library operations.

Research photography of the library's materials and resources is permitted within certain limitations. Using library facilities as interview venues for unrelated stories as well as photographing library users for opinion polls or “person on the street” interviews is prohibited without prior approval from the CEO or her/his designee.

Researchers and journalists are responsible for obtaining their own permissions when photographing copyrighted material in the library. Additional permissions must be obtained from the Hartford Public Library to photograph materials or items in special collections (Hartford History Center) because of complex copyright issues in these areas. Discussing what advanced authorizations are required with a Hartford History Center staff member can expedite this process.

Commercial Photography

Library buildings may not be used as setting for a creative film or videotape, advertisements, fashion shoots or for any other photography which will be used for commercial purposes without the prior approval from the CEO, or her/his designee in the Communications Department. The production company shall compensate the library for staffing expenses necessary to open, secure, and monitor library premises during a shoot at overtime rates.

Movie and Music Industry

The library may permit use of its facilities by the movie or music industry for film projects where a library setting is called for, if the project does not interfere with the mission of the Hartford Public Library, is in accordance with the rest of this policy and does not advertise or promote commercial products. Filming may not be related to political campaigns or to partisan issues. The production company shall compensate the library for staffing expenses necessary to open, secure, and monitor library premises during a shoot at overtime rates.

Library Liability for Injuries

Permission to photograph/film/record does not release the persons or groups involved from liability for injuries to persons or property that result from their activities on library property.

Photographic Releases

Photographers filming or photographing on library premises have sole responsibility for gaining all necessary releases and permissions from persons who can be identified in any photography. The library undertakes no responsibility for obtaining these releases.

Photography Logistics

The library’s CEO and/or Office of Communication may terminate any session that appears to compromise public safety or security of people, buildings, or collections.

Adopted by the Library Board of Directors: April 5, 2018