The public may take photos and/or videos in Pierce County Library System (PCLS) facilities. Such photos and/or videos are not to impede the public’s use of PCLS facilities, PCLS staff’s delivery of services to the public, or an individual’s expectation of privacy in a public space.
This policy ensures the public’s taking of photos and videos in PCLS facilities does not interfere with library business or the public’s use of the library, or include individuals without their permission.
This policy speaks to photos and videos that can be taken with multiple types of devices including but not limited to cameras, video recorders, cellular devices, phones, tablets, and computers.
PCLS is a public place and as such, the public may take photographs or videos in the public areas of the library. Permission to photograph individuals must be granted by those individuals or their guardians. Library staff will not administer permissions for members of the public to take photos and/or videos of other individuals.
Non-flash photography and/or videotaping is permitted at Library programs and events for personal use, not for publication or broadcast, provided that it is not disruptive and does not capture any identifiable likenesses of individuals without their permission. Taking photographs at library events or author events is subject to the wishes of the individual author or paid performer/presenter.
Community organizations holding scheduled events or meetings in PCLS study, conference, or meeting rooms may arrange for their own photography or video recording of their event.
Photos and/or video of specific, copyrighted (or otherwise protected) materials for the purpose of redistribution is prohibited.
PCLS staff may stop any photography or video recording that appears to interfere with PCLS's ability to conduct business, or that compromises public safety or security.
PCLS reserves the right to document its services and the public's use of PCLS by taking photographs and making video or audio recordings of its programs, events, activities and their participants for use in communications such as print and online communications, news media relations, advertising, social media, or other communication materials.
PCLS welcomes news media photographers and reporters documenting stories or projects that directly involve PCLS and its programs, resources, and/or services, provided that notice is given and approved, concurrent with PCLS’s (News) Media policy, the public use of the Library is not impeded, and the provisions of this policy are followed.
No commercial photography or recording in Library facilities is permissible without the express permission of PCLS, which shall set forth the conditions under which the photography or recording may take place.
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