Basic Camera Copying in the Prints
& Photographs Reading Room
Prints and Photographs Division, Library of
Congress, Washington, D.C., 20540-4730
Researchers are permitted to use
a camera/phone to copy images in the Prints
& Photographs Reading Room as a "visual
aid to research. Before beginning
to copy, researchers are asked to
sign a form agreeing to the conditions
I request permission to make a simple photographic copy of a P&P image using a camera/phone with no other equipment. (Note: Video recording and broadcasting must be cleared in advance with the reference librarian on duty.)
Please be aware:
- copying under
these conditions will not produce
professional level copies,
but rather reference
copies. If you need publication quality
copies, you should use the Library of Congress Duplication
- staff do not
pull original materials for copying
if surrogates exist
(e.g., digital images, photocopies).
You must follow these rules while making
- Use cameras/phones only at tables that have the camera symbol; staff may ask you to use a particular table.
- Use only the camera/phone. Tripods, weights, cardboard, lights (including flash) are not permitted. If using a phone or tablet, turn off all sounds and notifications, including camera shutter sounds.
- You must place items flat on the table unless staff supply you with equipment on which items should be placed.
- Do not remove images from plastic covers and do not open mats.
- Do not place
images on chairs, window sills, or
the floor (stepstools
are available that may enable you
to better position yourself above
If you do not understand the guidelines
above, staff will be happy to offer
you do not comply with with all of the
above, you will no longer
be allowed to copy.
I will abide by the above. I understand
that the Library can neither grant nor
deny permission to publish material in
its collection, and that it is the user's
responsibility to determine the copyright
status or obtain required permissions
before publishing materials from the
Prepared by: Prints and
Photographs Division staff, Last
revised: Nov. 2019.