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Digital Files for Editorial, Commercial, and Other Uses


High resolution 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.
  • For items requiring new digital photography, 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.
  • Partial refunds (less admin. fee of $50 per image for previously digitized and $75 for new digital photography) are given for non-use of NYPL copyright-held items licensed. Rush fees and special handling fees are non-refundable.
  • No refunds are given for purchase of public domain or third party rights-controlled images.

Rush service is not available from the Berg Collection .

Table 1:

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

Fee Schedule below lists one-time fees per image to access high resolution TIFF files. The Library does not charge additional permission fees to use such material nor does it place restrictions on usage or any future 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

Authors of commercial publications

Nonprofits and Government Agenices

$100 $100
Commercial Newspapers and Magazines $150 $200
All Other Commercial Organizations $200 $250
Commercial Publishers - Cover use only $400 $450

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 high resolution TIFF file. 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 use in advertising. Please email us at for licensing fee quote.

    Existing File from Digital Collections New Digital Photography 

Publications (excluding commercial newspapers/magazines)

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

Nonprofit/government agencies/self-published with print run up to 2,500   $100 $100

Nonprofit/government agencies/self-published with print run over 2,500

  $200 $250

Commercial with print run up to 15,000

  $300 $350
Commercial with 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
Kiosk/video production   $150 $150
Exhibition up to 5 years   $200 $200
Exhibition 5 years +   $450 $450
Documentaries/TV Programs:      
Non-broadcast/Non-theatrical   $100 $100

Film Festival

Commercial TV News Broadcast with streaming

  $200 $200
Public TV broadcast with all media excluding theatrical and printed materials   $250 $250
Public TV broadcast, theatrical with all media excluding printed materials   $400 $400
Commercial TV broadcast with all media excluding theatrical and printed materials   $400 $400
Commercial TV broadcast, theatrical with all media excluding printed materials   $600 $600
Commercial Newspapers and Magazines:      
Less than half page   $200 $250
Greater than half page   $350 $400
Cover   $750 $750

*For textbbook publishers there are additional fees charged per each additional edition (i.e. instructor edition; student binder edition; etc.)

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 within 2 weeks): +$50 per image (for individuals only); +$100 per image (for all others)

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)

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