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Photography and Videography

The Fauquier Public Library prides itself on providing a safe and enjoyable experience to all its patrons and visitors, offering an atmosphere free from disturbance and interference. To protect the privacy of library users, the library board has approved the following policy for photography, filming, and audio and video recording in the library. 

Library's Photography/Recording 

The library reserves the right to document its services and the public's use of the library by taking photographs and making video or audio recordings of its programs, events, activities and their participants for use in brochures, flyers, web pages, or other promotional materials. To ensure the privacy of all individuals, including children, images will not be identified using personal information or full names without written approval from the photographed subject or parent/guardian if a minor. In some instances, a patron's first name may be included with a photograph, unless the library is instructed that this is not acceptable to the individual or the individual's parent/guardian. Those wishing not to be photographed or recorded should inform the photographer or library staff. 

Others' Photography/Recording 

Casual amateur photography and videotaping is permitted in library facilities for patrons and visitors wanting a remembrance of their visit. 

All other photography or recording inside the library requires prior permission. Permission to photograph individuals must be granted by those individuals or their guardians. Any such photographers are responsible for arranging all necessary releases and permissions from persons who are filmed or photographed. Failure to arrange all necessary releases and permissions may result in suspension of library privileges, as discussed herein. The library's sample Photo Release form may be used. 

The library welcomes news media photographers and reporters documenting stories or projects that directly involve the library and its programs, resources and services, provided that advance notice is given, patron use of the library is not impeded, and the provisions of this policy are followed. 

No commercial photography or recording inside the library is permissible without the written permission of library administration, which shall set forth the conditions under which the photography or recording may take place. The library requires credit, in print, in any finished product when photographs/video recordings are used for commercial purposes. See attached Permission for Commercial PhotographyNideography in Fauquier Public Library building form. Failure to obtain the library's prior, written permission for commercial photography/videography may result in suspension of library privileges as discussed herein. 

Non-flash photography and personal videos are permitted at library programs and events for personal use, not for publication or broadcast, provided it is not disruptive and does not capture any identifiable likenesses of individuals without their permission. Taking photographs at author events is subject to the wishes of the individual author. 

Community organizations holding scheduled events or meetings in the library study or meeting rooms may arrange for their own photography or video recording of their event. 

Adopted: 1/25/2024 

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