Film in the Library

You must first gain approval from the University of Michigan Library before filming in library buildings.

Requests to film will be considered in the context of the library’s mission to provide a quality study and research environment while protecting the rights of library users.

Place a request

To provide adequate time to coordinate logistics, submit your request at least 2 weeks prior to the proposed start of filming.

No requests will be approved for the 2 weeks up to and including exam days. 

Students and student organizations

Students and student organizations planning to film for course-related projects can submit a request online or contact the library’s outreach team at

When submitting your request please fill the information out thoroughly to provide as much context as possible for your project.

Other film requests

Submit all non-student requests, including those for professional film productions, to the U-M Library Communication and Marketing team at

Expectations for approved filming

Once your project has been approved, a representative from Library Outreach & Engagement will set up a consultation and schedule an on-site walkthrough.

Adhere to film policies

All projects filming in the library must follow University Film Office guidelines. If you’re a student, refer to the section titled Student and Faculty Filming Guidelines and Requirements.

When filming, you must adhere to the library’s building access policies, and:

  • Do not disturb regular operations of the library
  • Do not disturb library users
  • Do not film people without their permission
For additional information or questions, contact the Library Outreach & Engagement department at