Digital Photography Service for General Collections

As part of its Copying Service, the University of Chicago Library’s Preservation Department provides publication quality digital images to the University community and the public from books and printed materials located in the University of Chicago Library's general collections.

*The University of Chicago Library Preservation Department provides digital images only from materials owned by the Library and held onsite.


Digital images are provided in accordance with the United States Copyright Law. Consulting library materials or obtaining copies of such material does not convey the right to use or publish the material in any manner. Such rights must be secured from the rights holder. With few exceptions, the University of Chicago Library does not hold the copyright to materials in its collection. In all instances, it is the user’s responsibility to determine if a work is covered by copyright, and if so, to identify the copyright holders and to obtain any necessary permission from the holders of any rights for material being reproduced or published (see The University of Chicago Copyright Information Center).


Users are not required to request permission for use or publication from the University of Chicago Library solely in its capacity as holder of the original work. However, as a matter of good scholarly practice, we request that users acknowledge the University of Chicago Library as the location of the original materials when using or publishing these images. The credit line accompanying the item should read: The University of Chicago Library.

Order Information

Placing an Order

Orders for publication quality scans from general collections must be placed using the Digital Photography Order Form.

Pricing*:  Bound or Unbound


Technical Specifications

Digital images provided are TIFF files with a resolution of 400 dpi, 24-bit color.


Digital orders are filled in 3-4 weeks after receipt of prepayment.  We are unable to provide custom and rush orders.

Invoice and Pre-Payment

Invoices will be provided at the time orders are placed. Prepayment is required on all orders. The University of Chicago Library accepts payment for this service via credit card (Visa or Master Card) or by check in U.S. dollars drawn on a U.S. bank.

Delivering Images

Digital orders will be delivered electronically through a File Transfer Service.

*The Library reserves the right to adjust price and turn-around-time for large or complex orders.


Please contact us if you have any additional questions.

Mailing Address

Preservation Services
University of Chicago Library
1100 E. 57th Street, Room 170
Chicago, IL  60637
   Attn:  Amy Mantrone

Links for Other Library Copy Services

Important Copyright Information

Notice warning concerning copyright restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.