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 Department at 616-988-5400 for more information.

Images are available as electronic image files (TIFF or JPEG) or as scanned photo-quality prints.

The fee schedule for obtaining electronic images or prints of Grand Rapids Public Library photos for personal use is below. If you are using images for other purposes, please contact us for pricing.

TIFF/JPEG per image: $15.00
Scanned Print (8×10) per image: $17.50
Mailing fee: $2.50


Digital files may be emailed or put on a CD ($1.50 charge). Digital files on a CD and/or prints may be mailed (mailing fee applies). Sales Tax is included in the price.

Please complete the form below. We will call you to discuss your order, including payment options. Thank you.

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.

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.

Photo Order Form

Contact Information:




Street Address



Zip Code

Image Selection:

Coll. Number

Neg. #

Brief Description


Intended Use

Format (see costs at left)

TIFF on CDROM - Quantity

JPEG on CDROM - Quantity

Scanned Print - Quantity

Items to be mailed or held for pickup

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.