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Image Rights and Reproduction FAQ

Getting Started

How can I find a specific image?
The Library offers several methods to conduct an image search:

Can I download images from your website?
Yes. The web-optimized images on the Library’s website may be downloaded or copied; however we request that you comply with our Image Rights and Reproduction Policy.
May I use a Linda Hall Library owned image on my personal blog or social networking page?

Yes. We welcome the use of Library images with attribution. Please cite the source of the image as “Linda Hall Library of Science, Engineering & Technology.” We request that you comply with our Image Rights and Reproduction Policy.

What do I do if I need a high-resolution image for publication?
The Library charges both a reproduction and licensing fee. See Linda Hall Library Image Rights Fees for more details. You may place your request using the Library’s online Image Request form.

Ordering

How soon can I get the image?
A standard image request will be filled within five business days after payment. Complex orders may take longer. We will discuss options with you, if this is the case.
Your service provides TIFFs. Can I obtain a different format?
Contact the Library at images@lindahall.org. We will attempt to accommodate your special request.
What are the methods for delivery of images?
For standard orders, your image will be available to download online for 100 hours. For complex orders, a Library staff member will discuss delivery options with you.
Do you provide printed reproductions of items in your collection?
No. The image quality provided is suitable for printing, but our services are for digital reproduction only.
Several days have passed since I emailed you, why haven't I heard from anyone?
Typically, you will hear from a staff member on the same day, but sometimes it can take a few working days. To avoid having our correspondence routed to your spam folder, add our email addresses to your safe sender list. We use images@lindahall.org in our correspondence and modarresa@lindahall.org for invoicing.

Payment

How much does an image cost?
The Library charges a base reproduction fee of $40 per image. There may also be a licensing fee that is determined by use. See Image Use Rights and Reproduction Fees for more details.
Do you waive fees for non-profits and personal use?
For standard requests there is a reproduction fee for the image, but no licensing fee for non-profit or personal use. Please see the Image Use Rights and Reproduction Fees for more details.
How do I pay?
Prior to delivery, you will be emailed an invoice from the Linda Hall Library. The Library accepts payment by credit card or check in U.S. dollars. The Library does not accept bank or wire transfers.
Do I have to pay both a reproduction fee and a licensing fee?
For standard requests there is a reproduction fee for the image. Licensing varies depending on usage. Please see Image Use Rights and Reproduction Fees for details on licensing options.

Permissions

Why do I have to pay for images that are in the public domain?
Usage fees directly support the programs, collections, and services of the Linda Hall Library. The Library is the owner of the original materials from which the images are taken.
If I want to use an image a second time, as in another edition or in a new book, do I need to pay additional fees?
Yes. Each new project is licensed separately.
Will my request be subject to copyright laws?
Yes. The Linda Hall Library will reproduce images still in copyright only after you have obtained written permission from the copyright holder and forwarded a copy to Library staff. If you cannot get written permission because you are unable to locate the copyright holder, you must document in writing your due diligence for finding them.
How do I obtain permission to publish these images?
For standard requests there is a reproduction fee for the image. Licensing varies depending on usage. Please see Image Use Rights and Reproduction Fees for details on licensing options.
I purchased a digital image from the Linda Hall Library before. I would now like to publish it. How do I obtain permission?
Please email us at images@lindahall.org and explain your situation and your new licensing request.
Once I purchase an image, may I use it in any project I want?
No. Images are licensed on a per project basis. If you would like to use an image in a way not indicated on your licensing agreement, please submit a new licensing request.
What if I lost the file and need it again?
If this should happen, please contact the Library at images@lindahall.org.