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Digital Files for Editorial, Commercial, and Other Uses

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

PLEASE NOTE DUE TO HOLIDAY SCHEDULING, WE ARE NOT OFFERING RUSH SERVICE FOR NEW DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY UNTIL AFTER THE NEW YEAR. EXCEPTIONS MAY BE MADE FOR IMAGES FROM SCHOMBURG AND THE PERFORMING ARTS LIBRARY ONLY.

Contact us at permissions@nypl.org or 212-930-0091 if you have any questions.

Instructions

  • 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 $50
Nonprofits and Government Agenices $100 $100
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 permissions@nypl.org for price quote.

    Existing File from Digital Collections New Digital Photography 

Publications (excluding commercial newspapers/magazines)

(one-time use, interior, print & electronic editions)

     
Nonprofit/government agencies/self-published print run up to 5,000   $100 $100

Nonprofit/government agencies/self-published print run over 5,000

Commercial with print run up to 7,500

  $150 $150
Commercial with print run 7,500 to 15,000   $200 $250
Commercial publisher print run over 15,000   $400 $450

Publications (excluding commercial newspapers/magazines)

(one-time use, cover)

     
Nonprofit/government agencies/self-published   $200 $200
Commercial publisher - print run up to 15,000   $500 $500
Commercial publisher - print run over 15,000   $750 $750
Exhibitions:      
Kiosk/video production   $150 $200
Exhibition up to 5 years   $250 $300
Exhibition 5 years +   $450 $500
Documentaries/TV Programs:      
Non-broadcast/Non-theatrical   $100 $100
Film Festival   $150 $200
Public TV broadcast with all media excluding theatrical and printed materials   $200 $250
Public TV broadcast, theatrical with all media excluding printed materials   $400 $400
Commercial TV broadcast with all media excluding theatrical and printed materials   $300 $300
Commercial TV broadcast, theatrical with all media excluding printed materials   $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: 4 weeks
Expedited (delivery in 2 weeks): +$50 per image (for individuals only); +$100 per image (for all others)
Rush* (delivery within 5 business days): +$100 per image (for individuals only); +$150 per image (for all others)
*Not available for all items

Delivery
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)