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    How do I place an order for a digital copy of an image?

    Ordering Library Collection PhotosIf you would like to request a high resolution copy of the image, please note the photograph’s Identifier Number (Example: ppl_610). If the image(s) belongs to the Pasadena Public Library, please use the form linked to below to submit a reproduction request. For more information on searching our database, please see below.

    If the desired image(s) does not belong to Pasadena Public Library, contact the owning institution by going to the Pasadena Digital History Collaboration (PDHC) Contact Us page.

    Please review Pasadena Public Library’s Reproduction Policy for Historical Materials before making a request.

    Images will be sent through email or Ge.tt if you provide an email address. If you do not have an email address, we will burn the images to a CD for you to pick up in-person.

    With any type of use, the Pasadena Public Library must be given credit as the source of the image when it is used in any publication, media production, web site, or public display. The credit line should read: Courtesy Pasadena Public Library through Pasadena Digital History Collaboration, Pasadena, California.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What use fees are charged by the Pasadena Public Library? 

    1. A low resolution copy is available to anyone without a fee.
    2. There is no fee for receiving high resolution digital copies for personal use.
    3. Requests for high resolution images intended for commercial use will be charged at the following rates. These charges are payable to the Library at the time an order is placed:
      • Book/newspaper publication $20 per image
      • Film/broadcast $20 per image
      • Advertising/poster $20 per image

    How do I search for images? 

    Pasadena Public Library, along with other cultural institutions in Pasadena, has collaborated to create a shared database of historical Pasadena photographs known as the Pasadena Digital History Collaboration (PDHC). These photographs are available to view for free.

    For best browsing, the easiest way to search all the photos in the collection is to type "Pasadena" in the "Search Pasadena Images" box from the homepage. If you are interested in a specific topic, you can simply use common keywords to search the database: http://cdm15123.contentdm.oclc.org/index.php/cdm. The following help page may also be useful: http://cdm15123.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/helpdocs 

    May I have assistance in searching for images? 

    We are happy to assist with your Pasadena research needs! Please contact us if you would like research assistance on a particular topic so that we may help identify specific images and other relevant materials for you.

    May I use these images for my own web page? 

    For personal, non-commercial use, images belonging to the Pasadena Public Library may be taken directly from the Library’s or the Pasadena Digital History Collaboration’s website and used without payment of a fee. We do ask for credit as the image source with the credit line: Courtesy Pasadena Public Library through Pasadena Digital History Collaboration, Pasadena, California.

    How do I find out what other photos are at the Pasadena Public Library? 

    Due to the fragile nature of the vast majority of our historic images, photographs are viewed in the Library by appointment only and may not be photocopied or scanned. Please call the Library at (626)744-4066, option 7, and describe the kinds of photos you are seeking, how you intend to use them, and what your deadline for obtaining prints is. For a general description of our photograph collection, see Photograph Collection of the Pasadena Public Library.

    How much do prints cost? 

    The Library only distributes digital reproductions. If you would like a print of an image, you are responsible for working with an outside print studio directly. The Library can suggest a few local vendors upon request.

    May I bring my own camera or video equipment into the Library and copy the photos myself? 

    Yes. However, you must make an appointment in advance and bring any additional equipment you may need, such as a copy stand or lights. Appropriate use fees will still be charged.