Image Reproduction Services
High-resolution images for publication or exhibition
When possible, Watson Library will supply researchers with high-resolution (300 dpi) TIFFs from items in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Libraries’ collections for publication or exhibition in a timely manner.
For requests to publish images of works of art in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection, please consult the Image Resources section of The Met’s website.
Fees and payment
For standard requests, $25 per existing TIFF, or $50 per TIFF if new photography is required. Additional charges may apply. Payment must be received in advance by credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express. Fees are subject to change and non-refundable. All sales are final.
Copyright and permissions
Images may be used only as authorized by law. Laws or restrictions other than copyright (e.g., rights of privacy or publicity, trademark) may apply. Watson Library can neither grant nor deny permission to copy or publish photographs and other reproductions purchased from this office. We will not investigate or determine the rights status of works; will not conduct copyright research; and do not have additional information regarding copyright beyond what appears in the bibliographic record for a particular item. It is your responsibility to obtain whatever copyright or other permissions that may be required from an artist, their agent, estate or any other third party rights holder.
By accepting or using these reproductions, you agree to indemnify The Metropolitan Museum of Art and hold it harmless against any and all claims, demands and/or actions of any nature, including the expenses thereof, arising as a result of your use of the reproductions. By proceeding with a reproduction request you hereby agree to these terms.
To request a high-resolution scan for publication or exhibition, please create an ILLiad account here. Once you have created an account, please fill out the High-Resolution Image Request form with as much information as possible about the image you need. You must submit a separate request for each TIFF needed.
All requests are subject to approval. Once we confirm we have the item you need and it is in suitable condition to be photographed (if new photography is required), and that we are otherwise able to fulfill the request, we will send you an invoice with payment instructions. Upon receipt of payment, our goal is to deliver the TIFF via OCLC Article Exchange within 10 working days.
You agree to use the following credit line for each image provided to you through Watson Library’s Image Reproduction Service: “Image provided by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Thomas J. Watson Library.” If any additional credit information is required for a particular image, you will be notified at the time of invoicing.
Researchers visiting Watson Library in person are welcome to use their own cameras and tripods to photograph items from the Libraries’ collection at no cost. Flash and studio lighting are not permitted.
The same copyright and permissions policy described above applies to in-person photography.
Requests to create videos of any kind inside Watson Library must be made through The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Communications Office at 212-570-3951 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Self-service downloading from Watson Library’s Digital Collections
Researchers who find scans of materials online via Watson Library’s Digital Collections site are welcome to download images using the site’s functionality at no cost. Rights information for these materials is expressed in the Copyright Status, Copyright Notice, and Copyright Information fields in the digital object record, and was as accurate as possible as of the time the item was made available online.
The same copyright and permissions and credit line policies described above apply to images downloaded from Digital Collections.
Low-resolution scans for research purposes
Researchers needing low-resolution scans from items in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Libraries’ collections for personal use and who cannot come to Watson Library in person are strongly encouraged to request these through their local library’s interlibrary loan (ILL) office, since this service is often free of charge. If that is not feasible, when possible Watson Library will scan and deliver the requested pages as a PDF. For standard requests, the fee for this service is $10 for up to 10 pages, or $15 for 11-30 pages. Additional charges may apply. Payment must be received in advance by credit card. We accept Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
To request low-resolution scans for research purposes, please create an ILLiad account here. Once you have created an account, please fill out the Scanning Request form with as much information as possible about the pages you need.
Once we confirm that we have the item you need, that it is in suitable condition to be scanned, and that we are able to fulfill the request, we will send you an invoice with payment instructions. Upon receipt of payment we will deliver the PDF to your ILLiad account. This is typically completed within 10 working days. You will receive an email notification from Watson Library Interlibrary Services when your PDF is available for retrieval.
For questions about the Thomas J. Watson Library Reproduction Service, please contact the Reference Desk at email@example.com or (212) 650-2225.