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Digitization Policies

The Church History Library is currently digitizing materials and records in its collections. As digital collections continue to be released, patrons will be able to access, read, and download collections from within the Church History Library online catalog. For items that are not yet online, patrons can request digitization, and the digitized materials will be added to the library’s catalog and will be accessible online. The library complies with U.S. copyright laws.

On-Site Requests

Copies of Items in the Open Stacks

Patrons are responsible for making their own copies from materials in the open stacks collection. There is a charge of $.05 (black and white) or $.30 (color) per page for making photocopies, but there is no charge for scanning images to a flash drive. A payment card must be used when making photocopies. Payment cards and flash drives are available for purchase at the library.

Copies of Items in the Secure Stacks

Upon approval, copies from microfilm of secure-stacks items viewed in the reading room are also available to be downloaded on a flash drive at no cost. All copies from hard copy materials from the secure-stacks collection viewed in the reading room must be reviewed and processed by Church History Library staff.

Upon approval, patrons who come to the library may have up to 25 pages copied in hard copy or electronic format. These pages will be made available the day the request is submitted. Requests for photographs must be made as if they were made remotely, via the catalog. 

Remote Requests

Remote digitization requests must be made online via the library catalog. Once you have identified the record you would like to have digitized, click the Suggest Digitization button. A web form will open that you can complete with your contact information. Once you click Submit at the bottom of the form, your request will be forwarded to our digitization staff.

Upon receipt of the request, the Church History Library staff will notify patrons if their request is approved and inform them if a fee applies to their request. If a fee is assessed, the patron will be notified before the request is filled and will receive an explanation as to why there is a charge and instructions on how to make the payment. Requests are completed in the order received and are delivered via email in digital form.

If the Suggest Digitization button does not appear on the screen, please click Ask Us for additional information.