Ritter Public Library provides a limited public forum for all photography done by outside parties on the library’s property. Any photography must not interfere with the library’s daily business, rules or patrons’ use of the library.
The terms “photograph” or “photography” refers to any method including photography, filming, videotaping or any other process of still image or audiovisual capturing in any method used now or in the future that is subject to the Unites States Copyright Act (17 USCA 101 et. Seq.)
General Policy Regarding Permission
Permission is not required for photographing public areas for casual or amateur photography by patrons and visitors wanting a remembrance of the library.
However, public areas do not include stack areas, children’s and teen areas, the early literacy room, meeting rooms, computers in use, or any areas designated by signage to be closed to the public access.
No photography of individuals and/or the materials they are using without permission of the individuals is permitted. Photography of any electronic device being used by individuals without permission of the individuals is prohibited.
For all other photography (see below), requests for permission must generally be made at least 24 hours prior to photographing. Permission must be requested between 9:30 am and 4:30 pm from the Director who may grant permission, setting conditions under which the photography may take place, or deny permission. No photography of those being photographed may be distributed without their written permission.
Photographing the exterior of the library does not require permission; photography may not impede the ingress or egress of patrons or staff to and from the building.
Ritter Public Library has always had an open relationship with news media photographers and reporters whose stories directly involve the library’s programs, resources and services. Obtaining permission in advance allows notice to the Community Engagement Librarian, who is responsible for providing timely, accurate information to media staff, as well as ensuring library business is conducted without disruption and patrons are not disturbed.
Using the library as interview venues for unrelated stories as well as photographing library patrons for opinion polls/ interviews is prohibited.
Nonprofit, Academic, or Research Projects
Photographers working on nonprofit, academic or research projects must secure authorization in advance to avoid disrupting library services.
Photography for Groups and Nonlibrary Events in Public Meeting Rooms
Groups who book meetings in the public meeting rooms may arrange for photographers and or news media during their event. Photography for such an event is restricted to the space reserved by the group and may not take place in other areas of the building.
The library may not be used as a setting for any commercial purposes without prior consent from the Ritter Public Library Board of Trustees.
Library Liability for Injuries
Permission to photograph does not release the persons or groups involved from liability for injuries to persons or property that result from their activities on library property.
Photographers filming or photographing on library property have sole responsibility for gaining all necessary releases and permissions from persons who can be identified in any photography. The library assumes no responsibility for obtaining these releases.
Adopted by the Ritter Public Library Board of Trustees February 8, 2022