Reproduction Policies, Fees and Payment Methods


General Information

Paper photocopies and low-resolution PDF scans are provided as a service to our users.  All orders are processed in order of receipt—usually within three to four weeks. All reproduction orders must be prepaid; we accept cash, checks, Visa and MasterCard.

Orders may be submitted in-person or remotely. If you wish to order photocopies or low-resolution PDFs, please use the reproduction order form. Bound materials cannot usually be photocopied. Please note that the copyright statement must be signed; failure to sign the form will delay processing of your order.

Requests for a complete unit of material, such as en entire box of manuscript material or an entire bound volume, cannot be filled by photocopying, but may be possible through digital imaging, if condition and copyright law allows.

The library reserves the right to limit the number of reproductions made, or to decline to make requested reproductions, due to the fragile nature of material, restrictions, or if we determine that copying material would violate U.S. copyright law.  If you have questions about reproduction policies and procedures, please consult with RBML staff before placing an order.

Reproduction and Postage Fees

On-site users

  • Paper photocopies (delivered by post) or PDF scans (delivered by email)
    $0.25 per page
  • Domestic Postage
    $6.00 for the first 100 pages
    $5.00 for each additional increment of 100 pages, up to 500 pages
  • International Postage
    Calculated on an individual basis.

PDF copies of Oral History Transcripts, MA Essays or Dissertations: $30 for up to 650 pages

 

Remote users

  • Paper photocopies (delivered by post) or PDF scans (delivered by email)
    $30.00 minimum charge for up to 75 pages (includes domestic postage)
    $12.00 for each additional increment of 25 pages (includes domestic postage)
  • International Postage
    Calculated on an individual basis.             

PDF copies of Oral History Transcripts, MA Essays or Dissertations: $30 for up to 650 pages

Payment Methods

 

  • Cash is accepted at the RBML reference desk only. Please do not send cash by mail.
  • Checks made payable to "Columbia University" drawn on a United States bank, in United States Dollars.
  • Credit card: MasterCard or Visa only. Please provide the card number, the name as it appears on the card, the expiration date, and the security code (a three-digit code located on the signature line on the back of the card).  To ensure your security, the RBML will only accept credit card numbers in person or via telephone.  Do not email or fax your credit card information.

NOTICE: WARNING CONCERNING COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific 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 photocopy or 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 copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.