Digital Files for Editorial, Commercial, and Other Uses
Updated January 20, 2017
Our policy regarding public domain material in Digital Collections has changed. Patrons can now download select files marked “No Known U.S. Copyright” in the highest resolution the Library has to offer. No request forms. No fees. Images can now be used, reused and shared commercially and otherwise. Please note, items may be still subject to rights of privacy, rights of publicity, and other restrictions. Though not required, if you want to credit us, cite “From The New York Public Library” and link back to the item in Digital Collections. This helps us track how our collection is being used and helps justify freely releasing even more content in the future.
To obtain high resolution TIFF files for all other images (including images/pages from microfilm), please see instructions below for requesting new photography or existing files.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-930-0091 if you have any questions.
- Complete and submit the PERMISSIONS ORDER FORM (online or pdf).
- Consult the fee schedules below.
- Images found online in NYPL's Digital Collections have existing high resolution TIFF files available. Please include the Image ID number. and NOT the b number or UUID number
- 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; 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. This department acts like an online store and we DO NOT accept purchase orders nor does it fill out any vendor paperwork.
- 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 or exchanges are given for purchase of images that NYPL does not hold/manage copyright.
Rush service is not available from the Berg Collection .
Fee Schedule 1:
Images NYPL Does Not Hold/Manage Copyright
Fee Schedule below lists one-time fees per image to access high resolution TIFF files. There are no usage restrictions or limitations put on these images. If item(s) in copyright, written clearance from a rights holder is required before the Library will proceed in processing. The Library will provide a receipt with citation and credit lines. The Library will not issue or sign written "permission" or "licensing" agreements for these images. NYPL permission is not required for any re-uses or additional uses.
Existing TIFF File *
|New Digital Photography|
|Commercial Trade or Textbook Authors**||$100||$150|
Theatrical Motion Pictures (non-Documentaries)
|Commercial Publishers and All Other Commerical Organizations excluding above||$250||$250|
*There is a $100 surcharge on top of fees posted to re-scan images already digitized to create larger files. Turnaround is 4 weeks. Surcharge of $200 on top of fees posted for a 2 week turnaround.
**Fee charged to author only. Commercial publishers please refer to All Other Commercial Organizations or Commercial Textbook Publishers.
Fee Schedule 2:
Images NYPL Does Hold/Manage Copyright
NYPL holds/controls copyright for such photographers as Percy Loomis Sperr, Kay Tobin, Diana Davies, Martha Swope, Vandamm Studio, Friedman-Abeles, White Studio, Walter Silver, etc. Please scroll down to bottom of page to access link to complete list of images/collections the Library holds or manages copyright.
Fee schedule below lists one-time licensing fees per image based on usage and includes obtaining a high resolution TIFF file. The Library will issue a written licensing agreement restricting usage to requested project and will provide citations and credit lines. Written permission and additional licensing fees will be required for any re-use.
Fees do not apply for use in advertising or live performance. Please email us at email@example.com for licensing fee quote.
|Licensing Fee - Existing TIFF File*||Licensing Fee - New Digital Photography|
(one-time use, interior, single-language, print & electronic editions)
|Nonprofit and Self-Published*|
|Print run up to 1,000||$50||$50|
|Print run 1,001 to 5,000||$100||$100|
|Print run over 5,000||$200||$250|
Trade and Textbook (including all auxillary editions)
|Print run up to 2,500||$150||$150|
|Print run 2,501 to 25,000||$250||$300|
|Print run 25,001 to 100,000||$350||$450|
|Print run over 100,000||$450||$550|
(one-time use, cover)
|Nonprofit/government agencies/self-published - print run up to 2,500||$200||$250|
|Nonprofit/government agencies/self-published - print run over 2,500||$350||$400|
|Commercial publisher - print run up to 40,000||$500||$550|
|Commercial publisher - print run over 40,000||$750||$800|
|Nonprofit Exhibitions and Public Display:|
Exhibition display up to 1 year
|Exhibition display 1 to 5 years||$250||$250|
|Exhibition display over 5 years||$450||$450|
Noncommercial Online Streaming
|Live TV news or talk shows (broadcast and online streaming rights only)||$200||$250|
|Public TV broadcast with all media excluding theatrical and promotion trailers and printed materials||$250||$300|
|Public TV broadcast, theatrical with all media excluding promotional trailers and printed materials||$600||$650|
Commercial TV broadcast with all media excluding theatrical and promotional trailers and printed materials for Talk Shows only
Commercial Online streaming only
|Commercial TV broadcast with all media excluding theatrical and promotional trailers and printed materials for all other type TV shows and documentaries||$400||$450|
|Commercial TV broadcast, theatrical with all media excluding promotional trailers and printed materials||$700||$750|
|*For promotional trailer use there is an additional fee of $100 per image. Please contact Permissions for fees for promotional printed materials.|
|Print run up to 1,000||$50||$50|
|Print run over 1,000 - 10,000||$100||$100|
|Print run over 10,000||$150||$200|
|Nonprofit Brochures, Programs, Newsletters, etc.:|
|Print run up to 1,000||$150||$150|
|Print run 1,001 to 10,000||$250||$250|
|Print run over 10,000||$350||$400|
|Commercial Newspapers, Magazines, Brochures, Booklets, etc.:|
|Less than half page||$250||$250|
|Greater than half page||$350||$400|
*There is a $100 surcharge on top of fees posted to re-scan images already digitized to create larger files.
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.