Minnesota Historical Society

Copy Request (Book or Article)

The Copy Request (Book or Article) service is to request PDF scans of pages from books or articles from magazines/journals in the MNHS collection, and is compliant with the restrictions of US Copyright Law.

Price: varies based on page count
MNHS Members receive 10% discount at checkout

Turnaround: Orders are usually completed and sent within 60 business days.

About this Service:

The following materials can be copied using this service:

  • A specific article from a periodical like a magazine or a journal
  • Specific pages and/or chapters from a book (or the whole book if it is not currently copyright protected)
  • The catalog record MUST indicate that the location of the item is "Gale Family Library STACKS." Requests for items located in manuscript or other archival collections should be placed via our Copy Request (folders from boxes) service. Any archival/manuscript copy requests placed through this book/article service will be cancelled.

This service provides low-resolution PDF scans of the original item. It is designed to be a similar quality to black-and-white or color photocopies. To order high-resolution scans, please use our Image Order service.

To order articles in other types of publications, please use one of these services:

For Books:

  • A table of contents and/or index can be copied if you’re not sure what pages/chapter(s) you need. Please submit a separate order, indicating this and selecting the 0 to 25 pages ($0) option.
  • Books published before 1924 can usually be copied in their entirety.
  • One chapter of a later, copyrighted book can be copied without any additional permissions required.
  • If you would like more than one chapter of a post-1924 book, contact copyservices@mnhs.org before ordering. We will determine how much of the book we can copy for you at that time and send further instructions. Please do not place separate orders for multiple chapters in the same book in an attempt to circumvent copyright law.

For more information--including instructions on how to determine call numbers, page numbers, etc.--please see the Copy Request Service page.

Copyright Information
Notice Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions 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 or would damage collection items.

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