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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 trasnfers 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. Glossy 8 x 10 inch prints created by an outside source are available.

Table 1:

Fee Schedule below lists fees to access 300 dpi TIFF files for public domain and any other images the Library DOES NOT hold or control copyright. The Library does not charge additional permission fees to use such material.

  Access fee per image to obtain 300dpi TIFFs of public domain or images whose copyright is not held by NYPL.
  Existing File from Digital Gallery New Digital Photography
Individuals $50 $75
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 below lists fees to license images that the Library holds or controls copyright. Licensing agreements will be issued.
Scroll down for list of NYPL rights-controlled photographers and collections.

Licensing fee per image for NYPL copyright held or rights-controlled images.

  Existing File from Digital Gallery: Interior New Digital Photography: Interior Re-use in same project
Use in nonprofit book or journal, print edition only $75 $75 $50
Use in nonprofit book or journal, print and electronic editions $100 $100 $50
Use in commercial book or newspaper/magazine $150 $150 $100
Nonprofit presses $150 $150 $100
Commercial publisher print run print run up to 10,000 (one-time use, print & electronic editions) $250 $250 $150
Commercial publisher print run over 10,000 (print editions only) $350 $350 $250
Commercial publisher print run over 10,000 (print & electronic editions) $400 $400 $300
Cover use:      
Nonprofit press $300 $300 $150
Commercial publisher - print run up to 10,000 $500 $500 $375
Commercial publisher - print run over 10,000 $750 $750 $550
Kiosk/video/publication $150 $150 $100
Exhibition up to 1 year $200 $200  
Exhibition up to 5 years $350 $350  
Exhibition 5 years + or permanent $500 $500  
Documentaries/TV Programs:      
Non-broadcast/Non-theatrical $100 $125  
Film Festival $150 $150  
Public TV broadcast only $200 $200  
Public TV broadcast with all media except theatrical $350 $350  
Public TV broadcast with all media including theatrical $450 $450  
Commercial TV broadcast only $300 $300  
Commercial TV broadcast with all media except theatrical $450 $450  
Commercial TV broadcast with all media including theatrical $600 $600  
Commercial Newspapers and Magazines:      
Less than half page $250 $250  
Half page $300 $300  
Full page $350 $350  
Spread $500 $500  
Cover $750 $750  

Please contact us for all other commercial uses

*Excludes photos by Martha Swope. Please email us with project details at for price quote.

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.
Normal turnaround is within 2 business days for items previously digitized or 4 weeks for items requiring new digital photography.

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