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Copying Services

Scanning and Photocopying

Patrons may scan Library materials to email or USB drive free of charge; or print for a fee. All materials must be approved before using the scanner as some items are deemed too fragile, large, or valuable to be copied on this machine.  For archival papers and these types of items, Library staff can make photocopies or digital files for patrons. Costs range between 20¢ and $1 per page.

  • Photocopy orders of print materials will be ready by the time the Reading Room opens on the following business day.
  • Photocopy orders from Special Collections and Archives take longer to complete.
  • Long-distance requests are accepted, but additional fees apply.


The Libraries will take orders for digital files from Library materials and Ryerson & Burnham Archives materials only. Each image is captured as a 300dpi (publication quality) digital file and delivered digitally.  Order forms are available at the Reference Desk.

  • Photography orders take up to 4 weeks to complete (from the time payment is received).
  • Long-distance requests are accepted, but additional fees apply.
  • Archival materials cost $30 per image; all other items cost $15.
  • Other fees may apply.

Visitors to the Libraries are welcome to photograph materials themselves for research purposes. Cameras without a flash may be used to photograph books and journals from the general collection. Photographing archival materials requires special permission. The use of professional photography equipment and personal scanners is not permitted in the reading room. Additional information regarding reading room policies is available here.


Copyright Notice

Works of art, text, and other content appearing in these reproductions may be protected by copyright or related interests that are not owned by the Museum. It is your responsibility to obtain whatever copyright or other permissions may be required from an artist, his agent, estate or any other third party rights holder. By accepting or using these reproductions, you agree to indemnify the Museum and hold it harmless against any and all claims, demands and/or actions of any nature, including the expenses thereof, arising as a result of your use of the reproductions.