Schlesinger Library Digital Camera Policy
Our policy is designed to assist readers with note-taking by permitting limited use of digital cameras and camera-enabled devises such as tablets and smart phones in the Carol K. Pforzheimer Reading Room. Photographs must be for study purposes only and cannot be reproduced, transferred, or published. For images for publication, please see our Ordering Reproductions for Publication guide.
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 specified conditions is that the photocopy 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. The user agrees to defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Schlesinger Library, the Radcliffe Institute, and the President and Fellows of Harvard College against all claims, demands, costs and expenses incurred by copyright infringement or any other legal or regulatory cause of action arising from the use of the Library's materials.
Use of digital cameras is subject, but not limited to, the following conditions:
- The Library reserves the right to refuse permission when such photography would cause injury to Library holdings and/or donor restrictions prohibit duplication. Material may be subject to examination by the desk attendant for physical condition, copyright issues, and donor restrictions before approval will be given.
- Due to copyright restrictions, photographs in manuscript / archival collections are not eligible to be photographed with a digital camera.
- Use of flash or other artificial light is prohibited. Audible features on the camera must be turned off.
- No tripods or handheld or flatbed scanners are allowed.
- Materials must be handled properly and with great care:
- Bound volumes must be supported in a book cradle; no pressure can be applied to the bindings.
- Manuscript / archival material must remain in its folder and kept in order at all times. Documents must be kept flat on the table. If material is stapled, please see desk attendant before proceeding. A Schlesinger Library template must be photographed with each item.
- It is the responsibility of each reader to record proper citation information for each item photographed.
- No pictures may be taken of other readers or the staff.