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Obtaining Copies of AGS Library Materials

The American Geographical Society Library makes its materials (periodicals, mongraphs, maps, atlases, photographs and digital files) as widely available as possible. Due to the rarity and nature of these materials, certain rules must be followed when reproducing them.

To order a printed copy of one of the maps in the AGSL Digital Map Collection, email us at, or give us a call.


Photocopying (Black and White)
Self serve – Fifteen cents (15¢) per page (up to 11 x 17 inches).

Staff assisted – The staff will provide photocopies in response to request received via e-mail or telephone. There is a minimum fee of $10.00 for this service, which covers making up to 20 pages of copies and includes postage and handling. If more than 20 pages are required, there is an additional fee of $0.25 per page. Large maps can be copied in sections.

Not all maps can be photocopied however, due to their age, condition, or copyright restrictions.  Photocopying may be performed at the discretion of AGS Library staff members.

Scanning (High Resolution, Color)
Our large format scanner can scan maps of nearly any size with few exceptions. Scanning is performed by staff only.   

Cost: $5/image for UWM students, faculty and staff; $15/image for the public. copyright regulations. Digital delivery at no additional charge via e-mail link or portable hard drive or flash drive (provided by patron). Delivery available on CD or DVD for $3.00 per disc.

Plotting/Printing (High Resolution, Color)
Large format print outs/plots up to 60″ in the short dimension of AGSL materials.

Cost$3.50/sq ft for heavyweight paper and $4.50/sq ft for glossy.  Additional media available such as fabric or Tyvek for an additional cost.

Permission to Publish AGS Library Materials
Permission to use images of AGS Library materials in a publication must be requested in writing and is subject to certain conditions, which are outlined in the AGS Library form Permission for Reproduction of Materials Permission for Reproduction of Materials Form. For more information about use of AGS Library materials in publications, contact the AGS Library.


Personal Photography
Photographs can be taken of AGS Library materials with a personal camera, pursuant to copyright regulations and AGS Library policy. The photographer assumes all responsibility for compliance with copyright law. Photographing rare or delicate materials by patrons is at the discretion of AGS Library staff members.

Photographic Reproduction Room
Photographic reproduction of AGS Library materials is made possible in the photography room. Materials may be laid out on a large surface equiped with an adjustable camera mount with lights to make photographic reproductions. Cameras are not provided by the AGS Library. The Permission for Reproduction of Materials Form must be filled out before photographic reproductions can be made.

UWM Photographic Services
Reproductions may be made using UWM’s professional photographic services. Email AGS Library staff members for details.


View the Library statement on Digital Collections and Copyright
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 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. All responsibility for questions of copyright that may arise in the use of reproduced material provided by the AGS Library must be assumed by the user.