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The George Washington University Libraries Photography and Filming Policy

Before photographing/filming inside any of the George Washington University Libraries buildings, photographers and videographers must request permission from the Library's Communications Department. The George Washington University Libraries include the Gelman Library at Foggy Bottom, Eckles Library at the Mount Vernon campus, and the Virginia Science and Technology Campus Library (VSTL) in Ashburn, Virginia.

The communications staff will evaluate the request and, if the photo/film activity is not disruptive to staff or patron activities, grant the photographer/videographer permission to photograph/film. "Not disruptive of staff or patron activities" includes non-commercial photography and/or filming do not interfere with library operations or users rights to privacy. Photography/filming designed to record a visit or make use of the library setting as a backdrop is generally permitted, provided that such activity avoids capturing identifiable likeness of individuals, and any images including the individuals' computer work stations, books, periodicals, documents, etc., without their permission. The photographer/videpgrapher must always ask for consent before taking picture or filming an individual, while those individuals are inside library buildings.

External Media Representatives

The University External Relations Department will accompany External Media Representatives unless otherwise accompanied by Library Staff. University Professors housed in the Gelman Library must also obtain permission for External Media, as these individuals will be denied entrance without it.

Special events, conferences, seminars, etc., held in a contained space in a library building may be recorded or filmed by the George Washington University sponsoring organization for archival purposes only. Filming outside the space is not permitted unless prior permission has been granted.

To obtain filming and photography approval, please contact Robin Delaloye, Director of Communications and Outreach, at 202.994.6780, or by email at rdelaloy@gwu.edu

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