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Fales Services

We offer photocopy and scanning services for researchers, as well as allow self-shot photography for research purposes only, with the permission of a Curator. In some cases, such duplication will not be allowed due to donor restrictions, or preservation conerns. All photocopying and scanning is performed by Fales Library staff. Service fees are listed below.

Patrons who wish to quote from unpublished materials must request permission from copyright holders. Information about some copyright holders and how to locate them can be found in The WATCH File, a joint project of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at UT, Austin and the University of Reading in the UK. NYU's Policy & Guidleines on Educational and Research Uses of Copyrighted Materials is available here.

Patrons who wish to publish images of materials held by the Fales Library may be subject to publication and use fees.

Our public services forms for reader registration, requesting photographs and photocopies, and notification of intent to quote or publish materials are available here.

Photocopies and Photography

The Fales Library and Special Collections makes photocopies and self-shot photography available for research purposes only, as per provision 108 of the copyright code. Please credit the Fales Library in all publications in which Fales materials are used.

The Fales Library cannot give you legal rights to publish material (except for those collections where the library holds these rights). Such rights must be obtained in a formal, legal statement from the heirs or executors of any materials you wish to publish. The Fales Library acts only as owner of the physical originals (of mss., prints, etc.) and takes no responsibility for any possible infringement of copyright laws in the publication of material.

All orders for photocopying, scanning, and photo duplication must be pre-paid. Please allow up to 2 weeks for photocopying.


Photocopies of Fales materials can be made for research purposes, at the discretion of a curator. Patrons must complete and sign a request form for all materials they wish to have copied. Fales reserves the right to make decisions about what materials can be copied based on the condition of the materials, donor restrictions, or other concerns.

Service Charges: 50 cents per page

A $10 service charge will be added for all mail orders, $25 for international orders


Scans of Fales materials can be made once permission from copyright holders is given. Patrons must complete and sign arequest form for all materials they wish to have scanned. Fales reserves the right to make decisions about what materials can be scanned based on the condition of the materials or copyright restrictions. Scanned images may not be published without the approval of rights holders. Use of personal scanners in the reading room is not allowed.

Service Charges: $15 per scan

A $10 service charge will be added for all mail orders

Personal Digital Camera Use

The use of personal cameras in the Reading Room is managed by the staff of the Fales Library & Special Collections on a case by case basis. Photographs taken by researchers are for private research and not for publication. Entire books or manuscript boxes (or substantial portions of either) will not be digitally reproduced unless otherwise authorized.

Please see our Policy on Digital Camera Use in the Reading Room for further details.

Published Digital Collections and Copyright

Digitized collections are made accessible for purposes of education and research.  NYU Libraries have given attribution to rights holders when possible; however, due to the nature of archival collections, we are not always able to identify this information. If you hold the rights to materials in our digitized collections that are unattributed, please let us know so that we may maintain accurate information about these materials.

If you are a rights holder and are concerned that you have found material on this website for which you have not granted permission (or is not covered by a copyright exception under US copyright laws), you may request the removal of the material from our site by submitting a notice, with the elements described below, to speccoll@nyu.edu.  Please include the following in your notice:

  1. Identification of the material that you believe to be infringing and information sufficient to permit us to locate the material;
  2. Your contact information, such as an address, telephone number, and email address;
  3. A statement that you are the owner, or authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed and that you have a good-faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law;
  4. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate and made under penalty of perjury, and; and
  5. Your physical or electronic signature.

Upon receiving a notice that includes the details listed above, we will remove the allegedly infringing material from public view while we assess the issues identified in your notice.