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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.

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

The following fee schedule and revised order form is in effect as of February 26, 2020.

Ordering Instructions

To order photographs displayed under Photo Collection on Tessa, the Library's website, complete and submit this order form. This form is for the Photo Collection only. Inquiries relating to reproductions for other collections in Tessa can be directed to rarebook@lapl.org.

All orders must be prepaid. If paying with a credit card (Visa and Mastercard only), the completed form can be faxed to (213) 228-7419 or emailed to photos@lapl.org. If paying with a check (drawn on a United States bank), 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, listed in numerical order. Incomplete order forms will result in a delay in processing. Please note that 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.

When using the library’s images, the proper credit line is: [Photographer (if given)], [Collection Name]/Los Angeles Public Library

Please note, the abbreviation “LAPL” should never be used.

Delivery Times

Depending on the size of the order, turnaround time is one week, or five business days, from receipt of the signed Release Form (issued after the completed order form is submitted) and payment. For expedited service, with a turnaround time of two business days, there will be an additional surcharge of $25 per image, pending the availability of staff to accommodate the request.

Photographic Reproduction Fees

8x10 digital print (photographic quality print with 90 year life expectancy) $30.00
11x14 digital print (photographic quality print with 90 year life expectancy) $45.00
Oversized (larger than 11" x 14") digital prints. $30.00 set-up + 10¢ per sq. inch of printing
Digital image – 300dpi 8x10 TIFF $25.00 ea.
Digital image – 600dpi 8x10 TIFF $35.00 ea.
Digital image – Over 600dpi 8x10 TIFF, up to 1200dpi 8x10 TIFF $55.00 ea.
Digital image – Over 1200dpi 8x10 TIFF $80.00 ea.
Handling and First Class postage per order $10.00 for up to 5 photos

Personal Use Fees

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

Non-Personal Use Fees

Individuals and businesses using the photographs for non-personal purposes, must pay the 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) $250.00
Books – Interior (one-time/one edition use, interior, single-language, print & electronic editions, includes self-published, text book, and university presses - Print run up to 1,000) $75.00
Books – Interior (one-time/one edition use, interior, single-language, print & electronic editions, includes self-published, text book, and university presses - Print run 1,001 – 5,000) $125.00
Books – Interior (one-time/one edition use, interior, single-language, print & electronic editions, includes self-published, text book, and university presses - Print run over 5,000) $150.00
Books – Cover (one-time/one edition use, cover, single-language, print & electronic editions, includes self-published, text book, and university presses - Print run up to 1,000) $150.00
Books – Cover (one-time/one edition use, cover, single-language, print & electronic editions, includes self-published, text book, and university presses - Print run 1,001 – 5,000) $200.00
Books – Cover (one-time/one edition use, cover, single-language, print & electronic editions, includes self-published, text book, and university presses - Print run over 5,000) $250.00
Books – (worldwide, all media, all editions, all print runs, all languages, in perpetuity, includes self-published, text book, and university presses. Cover or interior) $300.00
Unpublished dissertations/theses (uploaded to online platform) $50.00 flat rate per 15 images, per platform
Commercial Magazines/Journals/Websites (includes print and electronic) $75.00
Non-profit Journals (includes print & electronic) $50.00
Brochures and Flyers (non-profit) $25.00
Brochures and Flyers (commercial) $50.00
Commercial décor, per image, basic fee for one time use (includes, but not limited to, retail, restaurants, office/condo/apartment/hotel lobbies & leasing offices, hotel rooms, and images ordered by interior decorators and design firms). $200
Commercial decor usage fee for multiple copies per image (includes, but not limited to, retail, restaurants, office/condo/apartment/hotel lobbies and leasing offices, hotel rooms, and images ordered by interior decorators and design firms). $400
Exhibitions (non-profit) $50 flat rate up to 15 images
Exhibitions (commercial) $100.00 flat rate up to 15 images
Documentaries and Television Programs (including set design) - Free Online Streaming $50.00
Documentaries and Television Programs (including set design) - Film Festival Submission $75.00
Documentaries and Television Programs (including set design) - Public Television broadcast with all media excluding theatrical $150.00
Documentaries and Television Programs (including set design) - Commercial Online Streaming $250.00
Documentaries and Television Programs (including set design) - Commercial TV broadcast and/or online streaming with all media excluding theatrical $300.00
Documentaries and Television Programs (including set design) - All media including theatrical $400.00
Talk Shows and Extended Newscasts with all media $50.00
Feature Films (non-documentary) with all media $500.00

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