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Digital Files for Editorial, Commercial, and Other Uses


High-quality 300dpi TIFF files are available for use in books, journals, magazines/newspapers, documentaries, exhibitions, Internet, and all other uses.

Contact us at or 212-930-0091 if you have any questions.


  • Complete and submit the PERMISSIONS ORDER FORM (online or pdf).
  • Consult the fee schedules below.
  • Special handling surcharges of $50.00 per image are affixed on top of fees posted below for any oversized item; any item from the Map Division and Spencer Collection; or any item deemed to require special camera set-ups.
  • Prepayment is required. Credit card (VISA/MC and American Express), check drawn on a U.S. bank, or money order are accepted. Bank transfers are no longer accepted.
  • No refunds are given for purchase of public domain or third party rights-controlled images.

Presently, the Library does NOT supply digital files from microfilm.

Table 1:

Fee Schedule for Public Domain and All Other Images NYPL Does Not Hold/Control Copyright

Fee Schedule below lists fees per image to access 300 dpi TIFF files. The Library does not charge additional permission fees to use such material nor does it place restrictions on usage. The Library also does not provide "permission" or "licensing" agreements for these images.

  Existing File from Digital Collections New Digital Photography
Individuals $50 $65
Nonprofits and Government Agenices $100 $150
Commercial Newspapers and Magazines $150 $200
All Other Commercial Organizations $200 $250
Commercial Publishers - Cover use only $300 $350

For any questions about use, please contact us directly.

Table 2:

Fee Schedule to License NYPL Copyright- Held Images*

Fees per image and include a 300 dpi TIFF. Licensing agreements will be issued.
Scroll down to bottom of page to access link to list of images/collections NYPL holds or controls copyright.

*Fees do not apply for photos by Martha Swope or for use in advertising/promotion. Please email us at for price quote.

    Existing File from Digital Collections New Digital Photography 
Use in nonprofit book or journal, print and electronic editions   $100 $100
Use in commercial book or newspaper/magazine   $150 $200
Nonprofit presses   $150 $200
Commercial publisher print run print run up to 10,000 (one-time use, print & electronic editions)   $250 $300
Commercial publisher print run over 10,000 (print & electronic editions)   $400 $450
Cover use:      
Nonprofit press   $300 $300
Commercial publisher - print run up to 10,000   $500 $500
Commercial publisher - print run over 10,000   $750 $750
Kiosk/video production   $150 $200
Exhibition up to 5 years   $250 $300
Exhibition 5 years +   $450 $500
Documentaries/TV Programs:      
Non-broadcast/Non-theatrical   $150 $200
Film Festival   $150 $200
Public TV broadcast with all media except theatrical   $200 $250
Public TV broadcast with all media including theatrical   $400 $400
Commercial TV broadcast with all media except theatrical   $250 $300
Commercial TV broadcast with all media including theatrical   $600 $600
Commercial Newspapers and Magazines:      
Less than half page   $250 $250
Greater than half page   $400 $400
Cover   $750 $750

Rush Service Surcharges on Top of Fees Above

(Not all items are available for expedited or rush service)

Existing Digital File
Regular delivery: within 2 business days.
Rush (same day delivery if order placed before 4:00pm EST): +$25 per image

New Digital File
Regular delivery: within 4 weeks
Expedited (delivery in 2 weeks): +$50 per image
Rush* (delivery within 5 business days): +$100 per image
*Not available for all items

Digital files are downloadable from NYPL's FTP/HTTP site. Customer will receive an email with username and password for download access.

List of NYPL Rights-Held or Rights-Controlled Photographers/Creators and Collections (subject to change)