Photocopying of Prints & Photographs
Division Materials by Patrons
Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress,
Washington, D.C., 20540-4730
All items must be shown to staff to determine
whether they may be photocopied on photocopy machines. Not
all P&P items
may be photocopied because
about the preservation of original images.
As a general rule, the
following items may NOT be photocopied:
- Items in poor condition, i.e., fragile, brittle, faded, or damaged
- Items with format and medium considerations:
- items too large for the surface of the copy machine
- bound volumes, albums, and booklets (except, in general, reference
- individually cataloged curatorial items, such as fine prints
- Case (rare) books
- color items and cyanotypes (except, in general, color surrogates).
- Items 70 years old or older.
There are several alternative
ways to obtain copies of
images that may not be photocopied on
- Printouts of digitized images may be obtained from reading room public workstations,
free of charge.
- Digitized images may be downloaded
from the reading room public workstations,
free of charge. Patrons must provide
own USB storage devices. Written
instructions for downloading at the workstations are
the reading room. In using a workstation to download, users agree that they understand they are responsible for assessing the rights to downloaded images and securing any necessary permissions for use.
- Digitized images may be downloaded to researchers' own wireless devices using the Library's wireless connection. In using the wireless connection, users agree that they understand they are responsible for assessing the rights to downloaded images and securing any necessary permissions for use.
- Simple, hand-held camera copying is allowed under P&P's camera-copying
- Quality reproductions of images may
be purchased through the Library's
Duplication Services or other
vendors (see Reproductions
of Prints & Photographs
Prepared by: Prints and Photographs
Division staff; last revised: February
2005; last revised May 2012.