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.
Contact Sherrod Library Administration (email@example.com 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.
Last Approved: March 23rd, 2023