Photography and Videography Policy

In order to provide all Library patrons with the safest and most pleasant library experience, those wishing to use cameras and/or recording equipment, including cell phones, within Anoka County Library facilities must have their request approved in advance by the Library Director or their designee.

Photography or filming must avoid capturing identifiable likenesses of individuals without permission. All individuals photographing or filming on Library property must honor requests of individuals not to be included in photos or film.

Photos or filming of minors is prohibited without the explicit permission of the parent or legal guardian of the child.

Those not following this policy may be asked to put away their equipment or leave the library.

Library access by photographers may be limited either by time constraints or to specific areas depending upon such impact or effect such sessions could have upon other patrons.

Anoka County Library staff has the right to photograph, film and record library events and patrons for promotional use only in print, online and video. Visitors to the library, or anyone participating in any library event being captured on film or by photograph, will be advised verbally or through signage that their participation acts as consent to being photographed, filmed, or recorded, unless they indicate otherwise to library staff.


This policy is reviewed by the Library Advisory Board (or a committee thereof) every four (4) years, or more frequently when deemed appropriate. The Library Advisory Board may recommend proposed changes subject to final approval by the Library Director and the Anoka County Board of Commissioners.

Policy History
Date Approved: August 28, 2023
Next Review Date: August 2027