The MIT Libraries may accommodate requests for both non-commercial and commercial filming or photography. These shoots must not interfere with library operations or users’ privacy. This privilege is at the discretion of each library’s Access Services Manager. This policy outlines the rules for both purposes.
Non-commercial photography by students, visitors and the general public:
- Photography intended for a class, to record a visit, or to use a library as a backdrop is generally permitted. Avoid capturing identifiable likenesses of individuals without their permission.
- You must honor requests from library users to not appear in photos or film.
- If the photography is part of a student project, or requires more than 30 minutes, contact the library’s Access Services Manager prior to taking photos.
- In all instances, the MIT Libraries reserve the right to stop photography if it disrupts the library environment.
- Do not take photos of minors (under 18 years) without the permission of their parent or guardian.
- The MIT Libraries accepts no liability for the use of photos or film resulting from this activity.
Commercial or news-related filming and photography by news media or for MIT communications:
- Individuals or news media:
- Photography: Contact the MIT Libraries Director of Communications.
- Filming: See the Institute’s filming guidelines
- MIT departments, labs, and centers: Contact the MIT Libraries Director of Communications.
- You must obtain written consent of students, staff, or other individuals whose likenesses will be used in publications or promotional materials (brochures, websites, etc.). Obtain media release forms (pdf) before taking photos or filming.