Order Photos from the Grand Rapids Public Library

All orders are processed by the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections of the Grand Rapids Public Library. Please contact the local history department at 616-988-5400, extension 3 with any questions.

Images are available as electronic image files (TIFF or JPEG). The fee schedule for obtaining images of Grand Rapids Public Library photos is below.

Personal use: $15 per image
Editorial use: $20 per image
Commercial use: $25 per image


Digital files may be emailed or put on a CD ($1.50 charge). Files on a CD may be picked up or mailed (a $2.50 mailing fee applies). Sales Tax is included in the price.

When photographic images, including video, from the Grand Rapids History and Special Collections appear, the Department requests the courtesy of a credit line as follows:

Grand Rapids History and Special Collections (GRHSC), Archives, Grand Rapids Public Library, Grand Rapids, Michigan.


The Department may be able to supply other information about the photo or image. For permission to use images for other than research, please contact the Grand Rapids History & Special Collections Department at 616-988-5400, extension 3.

Notice Concerning Copyright Restrictions
The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photographs and other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish reproductions. One of the 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 reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copyright order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violations of copyright law.


Photo Order Form

Contact Information:




Street Address



Zip Code

Image Selection:

Collection and/or negative number

Link to image (if applicable)

Brief Description

Intended Use


File format

Delivery method

I have read and agree to abide by the Grand Rapids Public Library's regulations:

1) To accept full responsibility regarding further use of these images, including, but not limited to, matters of copyright or invasion of privacy.

2) To use the images only once, and only for the purpose stated in this agreement.

3) Not to authorize others to use the images for any reason.

4) Not to modify or alter these images in any way.

5) I agree to pay the charges for these image(s) and to hold the Grand Rapids Public Library harmless from liability, damages, claims or actions resulting from any use of them.

 I agree.