Rights & Reproductions Policies

For Reference Scans

To request reference scans of material from the book collections, please contact cking@librarycompany.org.

For Non-Commercial Use

The images found on the Library Company’s website, digital repository and social media are intended for personal, educational or research purposes.  These Library Company images can be used freely for educational presentations, non-commercial websites, social media or blogs. Please include a credit line to the Library Company of Philadelphia alongside the image.

  • For social media use, please tag the Library Company of Philadelphia, @LibraryCompany

The digital catalog and our website also include select images from collaborating institutions’ collections. Please note such identifications in the image caption or location field of the online record.  This material belongs to the identified institution and the Library Company is unable to issue permissions for reuse.  Please contact the holding institution to secure permissions for reuse.

For Published Works & Commercial Use
John Browne, Photographic Society of Philadelphia at Hopatcong Lake, albumen photograph, 1880. Society members are posed with their cameras. Four are standing while five are seated.

John Browne, Photographic Society of Philadelphia at Hopatcong Lake, albumen photograph, 1880.

For those who intend to publish or who plan on using images for commercial projects, please contact the Library Company to acquire publishable quality images.

Placing an Order

Orders are accepted through our Online Request Form. Please note that the accession or call number of the image you are requesting is important in locating the correct image. If you are unsure of the accession or call number of an image, please contact Reference Staff for assistance.

Payment and Fees

The Library Company charges fees for new digitization and publication-quality image files. Our fees for reproductions are outlined on the Materials Fees page.

An invoice will be forwarded to you requesting prepayment and the order will be processed upon receipt of payment. Payment is accepted by cash, check, and credit card. Checks should be made payable to The Library Company of Philadelphia. Discounts on materials fees are available for current Library Company Fellows and Shareholders.

Please note that it takes 6 weeks to process orders involving new photography and 1 to 2 weeks to process reproductions from digital images on file.


The user of supplied reproductions assumes all responsibilities for using them in conformity with existing copyright laws, and may be asked to supply the Library Company with a copy of any publication or project in which the images appear. The Library Company of Philadelphia does not claim copyright for materials in its collections.

Publication guidelines are sent to patrons with their order for reproductions. Images digitized by the Library Company of Philadelphia cannot be altered without special permission.


Questions? Contact our Rights & Reproductions team.