Guidelines for Photo Permissions

Use the Release of Photograph and/or Name Form (en Español):

For Models: Use the form when taking a posed photo of a library customer. They are acting as a model and need to sign a photo permission form. Example: a family poses with their favorite books for a READ poster

For Close-ups: Use the form when you take a close-up picture of a library customer. Example: you take a close-up photo of a child singing at storytime because of the expression on that child’s face

Release of Photograph and/or Name Form Not Required:

For programs held at the library. Group photos no longer need to be from the “back-of-head” perspective. In lieu of photo release forms, programmers will need to announce at the beginning of each program that “the library may photograph or videotape you for library promotional purposes. Notify library staff if you do not want to be photographed.” However, if you zoom in for a close-up on one particular person in a large group, you will still need to get a Release of Photograph and/or Name Form signed from that person.

The following announcement may be used on program publicity materials, but it is not to take the place of the official announcement at the beginning of each program:

“Programs, events and classes are photographed or videotaped for library promotional purposes. Notify library staff if you prefer not to be photographed.”

Library customers may take photos in the libraries with no permission forms. If they are setting up a formal photo session or if they are with a local news organization, they must first contact the Branch Librarian or the Coordinator of Marketing and Programming.