Research & Reproduction

Research Services

Please note that due to ongoing staffing shortages, orders for high-resolution scans will be limited to ten, orders for photocopies and low-resolution scans may be delayed due to limited staffing.

Contact us for research and reproduction services by emailing or calling 614-292-0538. 

Fifteen minutes of research service will be provided without charge to off-site patrons. Persons and businesses who need additional research service will be billed at the following rates:

Research Fees

  • Research time per hour: $100
  • Research time per hour (reflecting fee for scholarly or non-profit use): $25
  • Only in exceptional circumstances will more than one hour of research be provided
  • Email or call 614-292-6369 to request research services
  • All of the fees are subject to change


Notice Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions

Warning concerning copyright restrictions: The copyright law of U.S.(Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified by the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or reproduction. One of these 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 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.

Conditions for Use of Reproductions

Materials protected by copyright are reproduced for research and study only.

Materials protected by copyright may not be reproduced for publication without written permission of the copyright holder. Permission to reproduce material in which reproduction rights are reserved must be granted by signed written permission of the persons holding those rights. A copy of the signed written permission must be on file in the library prior to the duplication of the materials requested.

Any publication, exhibition, or other public use of materials reproduced for that purpose from the collections of the Ohio State University Libraries must credit the appropriate unit of The Ohio State University Libraries.

In requesting permission to reproduce materials from the collections of the Ohio State University Libraries as described, the requester agrees to hold harmless the Ohio State University and its Trustees, Officers, and agents either jointly or severally from any action involving infringement of the rights of any person of their heirs and descendants in common law or under statutory copyright.

The Ohio State University Libraries reserves the right to evaluate the condition of requested material to determine the appropriate method of reproduction.

A copy of the publication is requested for the repository’s records.

Reproduction Services & Fees

Reproduction Requests for Publication or Commercial Use

To request high-resolution digital images or photocopy reproductions for publication and/or commercial use:

Type of Reproduction: High-Resolution Scan
    • Images will be scanned from the original at 600 ppi at 100% size, TIFF, RGB color unless otherwise specified.
    • Scanning is performed using an Epson Expression 10000XL flatbed scanner or using the Better Light 8K – large format, Enhanced Resolution™ digital photography. Decisions are based on the size, condition or fragility of the material, or whether the items are bound in volumes
    • The library reserves the right to refuse to copy material if it is judged that it may cause harm to the original
    • Images are scanned from the original at 600 ppi resolution at 100% size, TIFF format, RGB color unless otherwise specified. Please note that very large files result when using the Betterlight technology (average 200-300 MB)
    • Images will be sent and made available for download at no charge
    • RUSH ORDERS will double the cost of the order (subject to availability)
    • Research fee may apply if over 15 minutes
    • Orders are subject to Ohio tax

Fee schedule cost (if scholarly work is published for profit, standard fees apply):

    • Existing scan: $60/scan
    • New scan: $70/scan
    • Scholarly or non-profit publication existing scan: $10/scan
    • Scholarly or non-profit publication new scan: $20/scan
    • Image manipulation: $50/hr
Type of Reproduction: Audio Visual Reproduction

Fee schedule cost (if scholarly work is published for profit, standard fees apply):

    • Existing Audio-Visual digital file: $60
    • Scholarly or non-profit publication existing Audio-Visual digital file: $10
    • New Audio-Visual digital reproduction: Vendor fees + 50%.
    • Scholarly or non-profit publication Audio-Visual new:  Vendor fees + 10%

Reproduction Requests for Private Study or Research

To request low-resolution digital images or photocopy reproductions for private study or research use:

Type of Reproduction: Photocopies or Low-Resolution PDF Scan
    • Images will be scanned from the original at 72 dpi at 100% size, PDF, Black & White unless otherwise specified.
    • PDF Scans are free up to 25 pages and then become $0.25/page afterwards, including the first 25 pages.
    • Orders of 25 or more pages will be charged using the research fee rates
    • For orders that exceed 300 photocopies or PDF scans, please contact staff to check for availability
    • Images may be watermarked

Fee schedule cost:

    • Cost is $0.25/scan
Type of Reproduction: Low-Resolution JPEG Scan
    • Images will be scanned from the original at 72 dpi at 100% size, JPEG, RGB color unless otherwise specified.
    • Images may be watermarked

Fee schedule cost:

    • Existing scan: $10/scan
    • New scan: $20/scan
    • Image manipulation: $50/hr


The complete fee schedule can be viewed here.

Payment Information

  • Full payment is required prior to image or document delivery
  • Major credit cards are accepted. Payment can be made online through our website
  • Checks are to be made payable to The Ohio State University
  • Payment must be made in US dollars

 Shipping & Handling Fees

  • All shipping and handling fees will be charged to the customer
  • $5 minimum charge is applied to any request
  • Shipping via US mail, International Air Mail, or UPS
  • FedEx can only be used if the customer supplies an account number
  • Standard shipping will be used unless the customer specifies Express delivery
  • Handling includes packaging costs
  • Delivery dates are not guaranteed

 Additional Copyright Information

NOTE: The Ohio State University Libraries do not own the copyright to all of the materials in its collections. Copyright may belong to the creator, their estate, or assignee, although some materials may fall into the public domain. Users assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, securing appropriate permissions for use and publication of reproduced materials, and fully crediting sources as required. Users agree to indemnify, save and hold harmless, The Ohio State University, their employees and designates from any and all costs, expense, damage, and liability arising from or in any way connected to any claim whatsoever which may be presented by anyone for loss or damage or other relief caused by The Ohio State University’s release of any items and their use in any manner, including inspection, publication, reproduction, broadcast, duplication or printing, by anyone, for any purpose whatsoever.


  • Images used for reproduction, publication, broadcast, exhibition, or on the web must include proper credit which will be provided for the materials you have selected

 Turnaround Time

  • Orders for fewer than 10 new scans may take up to 4 weeks depending on the reproduction orders already in progress
  • Turnaround time for existing scans of images is 5 business days after payment is received
  • RUSH ORDERS for fewer than 10 images may be considered. Cost may be double the cost of the order.
  • Turnaround time for all other reproductions is available on request. We attempt to estimate delivery time as accurately as possible, however delivery time cannot be guaranteed

 Existing Scans

  • Existing scans are images that are part of the Cartoon Library & Museum’s existing Digital Collections, requiring no further individual scanning necessary to complete your order
  • These scans are high resolution at (600pp), TIFF format, RGB and are copied from the original digital image at 100% size
  • If you request a larger size or higher resolution, a new scan will be done and research and new scan fees will apply