Reproduction Services and policies
Special Collections Department materials may be examined only in the Reading Room; they do not circulate. Please Note: Special Collections materials are not available through the Library's Scan & Deliver Service.
Use of Digital Cameras
Note-taking is encouraged; any use of digital cameras must be approved by Department staff. Condition, copyright status, and donor restrictions may affect any use of digital cameras.
The use of flash or other artificial light is prohibited.
Photocopying and Other Reproductions
Photocopying is offered for materials in good condition, subject to the approval of Department staff, copyright law and any conditions imposed by the donor.
Photocopy orders are completed in the order received. We do not offer rush service, and the turnaround time for an order depends on its complexity and available staff time. Complex orders and those exceeding 100 pages may be subject to additional fees.
Fees for Photocopy Service
$0.25 per page
$0.50 per page; with a minimum charge of $20.00.
An additional handling fee of $25.00 is charged to all non-GSD affiliates.
Fees for Other Photographic Reproductions
The availability of scanned images or other reproductions of Special Collections materials is dependent on condition, department staff approval, copyright law and any conditions imposed by a donor. In-house scans are available for $25.00 per image; there are limitations on the dimensions of any item to be scanned.
Complex orders may be referred to Widener Library's Imaging Services Department whose fees would apply to any order received. Scans of oversized materials may be referred to a commercial reprographic service whose fees would apply to any order received. An additional handling fee of $25.00 is charged to all non-GSD affiliates.
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 specified 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 scholarly "fair use", that user may be liable for copyright infringement. (Each user is supplied, with any reproductions provided, a copy of the Department's "Request for Access To or Permission to Publish" (form which states these conditions.) The user agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless The Frances Loeb Library, The Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the President and Fellows of Harvard College against all claims, costs and expenses by copyright infringement or any other legal or regulatory cause of action arising from the use of the Library's materials.