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Reproduction and Licensing

On-site Photocopy and Scanning

We have two self-service photocopy machines available in the Library, one for the public in the reading room and the other for staff in our current literature room. A self-service scanning machine (KIC) is also available. Users can create full color KIC scans up to 17x24" in size and either save the files to a USB drive or send them via email. 

Users who need photocopies or scans of materials from the Library -- but cannot come to the Library in person -- should contact the interlibrary loan department of their local public, college, or university library for assistance. If you do not have access to interlibrary loan and need a copy of an item, please email with your request. We reserve the right to restrict or limit the amount of pages copied or scanned.

Please note that archives, manuscripts, rare, fragile, and oversize materials may not be photocopied or scanned. When conducting research, digital cameras without flash may be used to photograph the materials for personal reference.

Purchasing Images

Most images from the Library's Photograph Collection can be purchased in high resolution digital format for reference, research, and educational use. To obtain an image, contact Special Collections via e-mail ( Include the AMNH image number in your request. If you do not have an image number, include a detailed description of the image and a copy of the image, if available. 

Be aware that we cannot accommodate rush orders or provide extensive photographic research services.

Licensing Photographic Images

Images from the Photograph Collection must be licensed for use in publications, films, broadcasts, websites, and in all forms of reproduction or distribution. To license any image, contact Special Collections via e-mail ( Please note that we do not sign licensing agreements from other institutions.

Images may not be published, displayed, or transmitted in any way without permission from Special Collections. Certain materials may be protected by copyright, trademark, or related interests not owned by the AMNH. Responsibility for obtaining any and all permissions as may be necessary rest with the user.

Permission to use Footage from our Moving Images Collection

The Library licenses footage from many of the titles in the cataloged Film Collection. Contact Special Collections ( for questions regarding licensing Film Collection footage. Please note: The Museum does not own the rights to any of the films from the Margaret Mead Film & Video Festival or to the CBS Adventure Series, these titles are on deposit and are available for viewing only.

Permission to cite from the Archives and Manuscript Collections

To quote from the collections, please request permission in writing to Special Collections via e-mail ( Include the source of the material and the name of the work to be published in your request. For proper citation, refer to our Preferred Citation for Archival Collections Document:

Permission to use material from our AMNH Scientific Publications

Requests to reprint, reproduce or use any material from an AMNH Scientific Publications (Bulletin, Novitates, or Anthropological Papers) for strictly academic purposes can be submitted via our AMNH Scientific Publications Permission Form.  Please contact if you have any questions about the form or if you would like to use material from an AMNH Scientific Publications for commercial purposes.

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