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Photo Reproduction & Use Fees

Photo Reproduction Fees:

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Copy Fees
Copy Type Fee
On 8 ½ x 11 paper 25¢ per copy
On 8 ½ x 14 and 11/17 paper  50¢ per copy
Photocopying Shipping & Handling Fees
Amount of Copies Fee
First 1-15 copies $3.00
Each additional increment of 1-15 copies $1.00

Digital image files

Image Creation Fees
Copy Type Fee
Digital copy (600 ppi, color, JPEG, uncropped $20.00 per image
Delivery of Digital Image Files
Delivery Method Fee
Image file(s) e-mailed (limit of 5 images) no charge
Image file(s) delivered on CD/DVD (no limit) $5.00 per disk
Shipping/handling for mailed disks $5.00

Use fees

$30.00 per image for each of the products listed below:

  • Book or magazine publication with print run/circulation over 1,000
  • Web publishing
  • Advertising, marketing, fundraising & promotional materials
  • Commercial decorative display
  • Merchandise (calendars, posters, CDs, DVDs, t-shirts, etc.)
  • Film or television production/broadcast (news media exempt)
  • Out-of-state exhibits & educational media (apply to all images)
  • In-state exhibits & educational media (apply to each image used after first 5)

While use of personal scanners is not allowed in the reading room, researchers may use cameras to photograph materials.  Use fees must still be paid when applicable.

Photograph Use Fees: Des Moines and Iowa City Libraries

The State Historical Society of Iowa charges a use fee based on its ownership of the physical materials in its collections; this fee represents no claim to copyright any of the materials in question, although the Society may hold copyright to some of those materials. Payment of the use fee does not constitute, and should not be viewed as, permission by a copyright holder to reproduce works that are copyrighted. Users must determine on their own if the use they intend to make of images invades copyright, rights to privacy, or other rights.

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