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Filming and Photography in any CUL Library


SMU Students, Faculty, and Staff

Filming and photography in the Central University Libraries (Fondren Library or Hamon Arts Library) are only permitted with prior request. Permission may be granted to SMU students, faculty, and staff who wish to film in the library to fulfill SMU-related assignments. For non-SMU requests, see below.

Students, faculty, and staff filming in the Central University Libraries are subject to the following:

  • Filming/photography may be performed only in the designated areas as approved.
  • Student filming/photography must be sponsored by an SMU faculty member.
  • Filming/photography is generally not permitted in:
    • Designated quiet areas
    • Individual study rooms, offices, or staff work areas
    • Hamon Arts Library Hawn Exhibition Gallery
    • Any space that displays copyrighted material
  • Artificial lighting must be kept to a minimum
  • Filming/photography must not disturb library users or staff members, or interfere with normal
  • library operations.
  • Photographers must provide their own subjects or obtain the consent of anyone who is photographed.
  • Filming/photography should be during off-peak hours.
  • Any exceptions must be approved by the Assistant Dean, Scholarly Resources & Research Services.

Instructions for SMU-related requests

Requesters must complete and submit the Film Request Form to the Fondren Library Main Desk or Hamon Arts Library Circulation Desk for approval at least 5 business days prior to the filming date. Requesters must also submit a signed Release Form for every participant that will be filmed in the project in the library facility at the Fondren Main Desk or the Hamon Circulation Desk.

Non-SMU Requests

Requests for filming and photography in any CUL Library by or for organizations or individuals outside SMU must be approved by the dean and director of the Central University Libraries or the dean's delegate.

Contact information:

Dean and Director
Central University Libraries
Fondren Library
P.O. Box 750135
Dallas, TX 75275-0135
Telephone: (214) 768-2401