Taking Photos at the Library

General Photography Rules

We invite the public to celebrate and share the beauty of the new Central Library and community libraries through visual capture.

We can allow free use of Library space under the following conditions:

  • Personal, individual, or family photos using a singular hand-held device
  • News media coverage or recording projects

Personal capture of the space cannot affect or impede the public use of the building, and as such, we have the following rules:

  • No tripods
  • No drones
  • No lighting equipment
  • No interfering with the public
  • No dominating or blocking spaces

We strongly advise against capturing any patrons on our premises without their permission. This includes news media that must secure their own permission and releases as required. If the Library receives complaints around a visual capture on-site, the offending party may be asked to leave.

The Library will post filming notices when capturing events, programs, etc. in the space. Third parties cannot use this signage to cover their own duty to secure releases.

Wedding Photography at the new Central Library

The Library does allow Wedding Photography on-site that is for personal use.

Personal capture of the space cannot affect or impede the public use of the building, and as such, we have the following rules:

  • No tripods
  • No drones
  • No lighting equipment
  • No interfering with the public
  • No dominating or blocking spaces

We encourage a 1 hr time-limit on-site to reduce public interference and distraction.

This policy does not include commercial photography to promote wedding services (i.e. portfolios, products, etc.).

Commercial Filming/Photography Requests

As per Library policy, Library facilities cannot be used for commercial uses without advance approval. As a City of Calgary partner, requests for commercial photography in the library must be submitted to Calgary Economic Developmentopens a new window and will be reviewed individually.

Fees may apply in situations that involve:

  • Commercial projects to promote a business or organizational enterprise
  • Professional photography
  • Reservation of Library space restricting patron or staff use for an extended period
  • Projects requiring set-up and/or the moving of elaborate equipment or furnishings
  • Special event functions
  • Access to the Library facility outside of operational hours
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