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Photo Collection: Ordering & Use

Images in the photo collection are intended for personal use only. Any reproduction, redistribution, publication, or other use, by any means, without prior written permission is prohibited.

Photocopies, digital prints and digital images can be provided. With the proper fees and permissions, many images can be used in commercial and non-profit applications.

Ordering Instructions

To order photographs displayed on the Library's website, print and [complete this order form].

All orders must be prepaid with a check drawn on a United States bank or by credit card and made out to the Los Angeles Public Library. If paying with a credit card, the completed form can be faxed to (213) 228-7419 or emailed to If paying with a check, the form must be mailed to Photo Collection/Los Angeles Public Library, 630 W. 5th Street, Los Angeles, 90071.

When selecting photos make sure to record the "Order Number" provided in each record. Incomplete order forms will result in a delay in processing. Please note that commercial use fees may apply. Please see below.

Usage Agreements And Credit Statements

For personal and commercial uses of the Library's images, once the completed order form is received, the Library will send to the user a Photographic Stills Release Form which states permissions to images and copyright restrictions. This agreement must be returned to the library before the order will be processed. It will also state proper credit to be used for the product whenever photographs are used in commercial or non-profit situations.

Delivery Times

Requests are processed in the order received. Once the signed Photographic Stills Release Form is received by the Library, digital prints, CD's, and emailed images will be available in approximately 1 week. Rush services are not offered.

Photographic Reproduction Fees

8x10 digital print (photographic quality print with 90 year life expectancy) $30
11x14 digital print (photographic quality print with 90 year life expectancy) $45
Oversized (larger than 11" x 14") digital prints. $30 set-up + 10¢ per sq. inch of printing
Digital image (300dpi 8x10 TIFF) scanned onto CD-Rom, emailed, or FTP $25
CD-Rom (each) $15
Re-scanning of original image to a resolution higher than 300dpi at 8x10 $40
First Class postage for up to 5 photographs or 2 storage media $10

Other print sizes and paper types are available. Contact the Photo Collection regarding special orders.

Personal Use Fees

Individuals using the photographs for home decor, research, or other personal uses, need only pay the photographic reproduction fee.

Commercial Use Fees

Individuals and businesses using the photographs for commercial purposes, including the decoration of business premises, must pay the additional commercial use fees.

In addition to the cost of reproduction, the Library charges the following fees for each image used in:

Advertising and product design (for up to 3 years) $250
Brochures and flyers $50
Commercial decor, per image, basic fee for one time use $200
Commercial decor usage fee for multiple copies per image $400
Commercial exhibitions (up to 1 year) $100
Commercial media, including images for use in CD-ROMs, television, video, and films. Basic fees for one time use, one language distribution $150
Basic fees for worldwide, all media, in perpetuity, per use/project $300
Industrial in-house, or non-profit presentations $50
Publications, including printed and electronic magazines, and commercial websites/blogs. All books, including textbooks, books published by academic presses, and self-published books, one edition, one language, all print-runs $75
Additional electronic permissions for books, including e-books $75

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