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Sherrod Library: Filming/Photography Policy

No prior authorization is required for filming, recording, or photography in Sherrod Library public areas as long as these activities do not interfere with or intrude upon others using or working in the library. Examples of activities not requiring advanced authorization include smartphone snapshots and handheld recording devices capturing what is naturally occurring in a public space. 

If filming, photography, or recording activity is a disruptive departure to the regular use of a library space, permission from the Office of the Dean of University Libraries is required. Examples include video production requiring lighting, rearranging of furniture or collections, filming in staff areas, rehearsals, music, and other production elements or activities that would disturb others and is otherwise a departure from the regular purpose of library spaces. 

All users are subject to Tennessee state law governing “Unlawful photographing in violation of privacy” per T.C.A. § 39-13-605.  

How to Get Permission

Contact Sherrod Library Administration ( or Sherrod Library 4th Floor) at least 1 business day (M-F) before the filming date.  

Approval will be granted or denied by the Dean of University Libraries or their designee on a case-by-case basis. 

Conduct During Filming/Photography

  • Once permission is acquired, filming/photography may be performed only in the designated areas as approved. 
  • Filming/photography must not disturb library users or staff members or interfere with normal library operations. 
  • Artificial lighting, noise, and other disruptive production activities must be kept to a minimum 
  • Filming/photography should be conducted during off-peak hours. 
  • Any exceptions to this policy must be approved by the Dean of University Libraries or their designee.  

Sherrod Library Filming/Photography Policy

Last Approved: March 23rd, 2023

Workgroup Members:

  • David Atkins (Dean)
  • Blair Jones (Associate Dean)
  • Library Management Group

Contact Information

Library Administration

Sherrod Library Room 417

Phone: (423) 439-4337


Hours: 8:00 am-4:30 pm Monday - Friday

Map showing location of Library Administration