Photoduplication Service (Library of Congress)

  1. What is the Photoduplication Service (PDS)?
    Photoduplication Service is a fee-for-service program responsible for copying and duplicating the Library's collections.

  2. What collections have been duplicated and are available for sale?
    A wide range of materials (including non-English) from the Library's collections have been photographed or reformatted in microform. Copies of most items are available for purchase.

  3. What other collections are available for duplication?
    Virtually all collections are available for duplication. Restrictions on availability for duplication are based on physical conditions of the materials, copyright limitations, and legal restrictions imposed on particular collections.

  4. What specific services does PDS offer?
    PDS offers a wide range of duplicating services to support customers' needs for copies from the Library's collections. Inquire about the following formats:

    • 35mm microfilm
    • film to paper
    • original filming
    • photocopying
    • cartographic scanning
    • digital images to CD-ROM
    • all formats of photographic reproduction

  5. How long before I receive my order?
    An order may take from a few days to several months depending on the size, complexity, condition of original materials, availability of source materials, and other factors. Contact the Photoduplication Service regarding completion dates for various formats.

  6. How can I pay for an order?
    The Photoduplication Service can accept a variety of payment methods:

    Credit Cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover)
    Money Orders (drawn on a U.S. bank)
    UNESCO Coupons
    Checks (drawn on a U.S. bank)
    Deposit Accounts (You may deposit funds in advance of purchase to facilitate rapid processing for future orders.)

  7. Will my request be subject to copyright laws?
    The Photoduplication Service operates in full compliance with all United States copyright laws. The Library also has specific guidelines and conditions for copying materials for libraries and archives and for individuals requesting materials. If we cannot complete your order because of restrictions, PDS will notify you in a timely manner.

  8. How do I contact the Photoduplication Service?

    Telephone: (202) 707-5640
    Fax: (202) 707-1771

    Photoduplication Service is located in the Adams Building, Room LA 129. Our public service hours are 8:30 a.m.- 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday (except Federal holidays). Mail may be sent to:

    Library of Congress
    Photoduplication Service
    101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
    Washington, D.C. 20540-4570

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( February 14, 2004 )