Historical Materials Reproduction


Pasadena Public Library

Reproduction Agreement for Historical Materials

Access Procedures

  1. Library customers may bring their own equipment, or arrange for a professional photographer to make copies on the premises or in certain cases arrange for the image to be scanned by Library staff. Upon request, staff may scan Library materials that are not already digitized. Reproduction of any Library materials is always at the discretion of Library staff.
  2. Scanned images may be distributed in two ways:
  3. If customers would like a print of the image, they are responsible for working with an outside print studio directly. The Library will recommend a few local vendors as suggestions.

Reproduction Fees

  1. A low resolution copy is available to anyone without a fee.
  2. For those who live or work in Pasadena, there is no fee for receiving high resolution digital copies. A valid Pasadena Public Library account with a current address on file is required to show proof of residency.
  3. Non-residents of Pasadena will be charged at the following rate for high resolution images:
    1. Reference/Decor $15
    2. Publication $50
    3. Film/Broadcast $150
    4. Advertising $150

Use Agreement

  1. The Pasadena Public Library must be given credit as the source of the image when it is used in any publication, media production, web site, or public display. The credit line should read: Courtesy Pasadena Public Library, Pasadena, California.
  2. Images belonging to the Pasadena Public Library may be taken directly from the Library’s or the Pasadena Digital History Collaboration’s website and used without payment of a fee. We do ask for credit as the image source with the credit line: Courtesy Pasadena Public Library, Pasadena, California
    1. A high resolution scan made available to the customer electronically or on CD
    2. A low resolution scan taken from the web or emailed to the customer
  3. The Library’s physical ownership of the materials in its collection does not imply ownership of copyright. Nor does the payment of any fees to the Library constitute any assertion that the Library possesses any status as a copyright holder. It is the sole responsibility of the customer to resolve any copyright questions pertaining to the use of the reproduced materials.
  4. While the Library strives to make the best quality scan possible, the Library makes no claims for the quality of any of its photos or scans. The Library scans to common Library standards and assumes no obligation to scan to a customer’s specifications.