Instant access to rare and historical collections from Los Angeles Public Library

Note: During the COVID-19 pandemic, our ability to fulfill reproduction orders is limited. We are also unable to accommodate Rare Books appointments until further notice. Please inquire with the Digitization & Special Collections department about orders at digitization@lapl.org.

SPECIAL COLLECTIONS REPRODUCTION FEES

For non-photographic items in our Special Collections, we allow patrons to take images with their smartphones (without flash) during Rare Books Room appointments, for free.

ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS

To order reproductions of non-photographic items in TESSA, complete and submit the Special Collections Reproduction Order Form. Do not use this form to order reproductions of photographs. Information about reproductions for photo collections in TESSA can be found on the Photo Collection: Ordering & Use page.

All orders must be prepaid. Email the completed form to digitization@lapl.org. Please note, incomplete order forms will result in a delay in processing.

RELEASE FORM 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 Special Collections Reproductions Release Form which outlines any applicable use permissions and copyright restrictions. This agreement must be returned to the library before the order will be processed.

When using the library’s Special Collections images, the proper credit line is:

[Creator Name (if given)], [Collection Name], Los Angeles Public Library Special Collections.

DELIVERY TIMES

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.

REPRODUCTION FEES

Digital Image – 300dpi 8x10 TIFF $25 for up to 10 images/pages of a given item; $1 per page thereafter
Digital Image – 600dpi 8x10 TIFF $35 for up to 10 images/pages of a given item; $1 per page thereafter
Digital Image – Over 600dpi 8x10 TIFF, up to 1200dpi 8x10 TIFF $55 for up to 10 images/pages of a given item; $1 per page thereafter
Digital Image – Over 1200dpi 8x10 TIFF $80 for up to 10 images/pages of a given item; $1 per page thereafter
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 fee plus 10 cents per square inch of printing

An additional special handling fee of $25 will be assessed for oversized or fragile items at the discretion of staff.

In all cases, determination and approval to scan rests with Digitization & Special Collections Department staff.


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