Photograph and Video Recording Policy


Individual Photography/Video Recording

Persons photographing or video and/or audio recording on library premises have the responsibility for obtaining the necessary releases and permissions from persons who are to be photographed or video recorded, or audio recorded. Taking photographs or video and/or audio recording of a minor, an individual under the age of 18, requires the permission of the minor’s parent or guardian. The library undertakes no responsibility for obtaining these releases.

Commercial Photography/Video Recording

The City of Carmel-by-the-Sea does not allow commercial photography or video recording on public property without a permit. The Harrison Memorial Library Board of Trustees has oversight of the use of the library facilities. If the proposed commercial photography or video recording might interfere with provision of Library services, Board of Trustees permission is required.

Library Staff Photography/Video Recording

Staff may take photographs and/or record videos at library events to use in library publicity materials and on the Library’s website. The Library reserves the right to document its services and the public’s use of the Library. Official representatives of the library may take photographs, video and/or audio record, or use other recording devices within the library and at library-related events and activities for library purposes.

These photographs and recordings may be copied, displayed, published (including on any library web presence), and telecast for such purposes as promotion, publicity, and news to inform the public about the library.  This policy extends to photographs and video/audio recordings by library staff at Friends of the Library and Carmel Public Library Foundation events and at library booths and programs at public events in the community.

Individuals who do not want their image recorded must inform the Library staff member who is coordinating the event. 

Names of individuals will not be used in Library publicity without consent.


Photography, video and/or audio recording, or use of other recording devices may not interfere with the provision of library services. Staff will terminate any photography, video and/or audio recording, or any other recording session that appears to compromise public safety or security.