Photography & Videography Policy

Neither photography nor videography is permitted within the Cornell Law Library without the express permission of the Law Library. To request permission to photograph or film in the Law Library, please submit the Law Library Filming/Photography Permission Form to Sabrina Sondhi, Director for Administrative Services, and Ariel Scotese, Access and Research Services Librarian Ensuring minimum interruption to patron use of the Law Library is our primary concern. Therefore, we may not be able to accommodate requests that run counter to this primary goal. 

Photos and videos intended for internal Cornell purposes shall be approved directly by the Law Library.  Photos and videos intended for external purposes shall additionally be approved by Cornell Law School Communications.   Use of photographic or film equipment within the Law Library:

•    shall occur during regular operating hours;

•    shall be restricted to public areas of the library;

•    shall not interfere with the study, research, privacy, or safety of library patrons;

•    shall not interfere with the duties of library staff;

•    shall not hinder access to exits, stairways, corridors, doorways, and other library facilities;

•    may be restricted during exam periods; and

•    shall not violate Cornell University policies, rules, or regulations.

The photographer, filmmaker, and/or crew shall be responsible for returning library facilities to their original condition at project completion and will be charged for the repair of any damage incurred. 

Library staff shall not be responsible for moving furniture or assisting with the photo or film project.

The photographer or filmmaker must obtain the consent of any individual, including any library patrons or library staff, who will appear in or be the subject of the photography or filming.

The Law Library reserves the right to terminate any photography or filming being conducted without permission, or that causes an undue disturbance, violates Law Library, Law School or University policies or regulations, or endangers the health and safety of participants, library users, or library staff. Individuals or groups who refuse to cease recording upon request by an authorized Law Library staff member will be considered in breach of the University Library policy on patron conduct in the Library system.