For commercial and non-profit use of images from the San Francisco Public Library for use in books, journals, magazines/newspapers, documentaries, exhibitions, Internet, and all other uses, a Permission to Publish form will be used.
The library receives a commercial use fee of $15 per image for one time use only.
Permission to Publish Form (PDF) - Can be filled out online but cannot be saved to your computer
Worldwide, all media rights fee is $100 per image. Permission for worldwide all media use allows for productions that will be released in more than one medium (i.e., broadcast, home video, iTunes), so that permission would not have to be obtained for each separate use.
Worldwide Permission to Publish form (PDF) - Can be filled out online but cannot be saved to your computer
The credit line should read: SAN FRANCISCO HISTORY CENTER, SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY.
All images included herein are intended for personal use only. Any reproduction, redistribution, publication, exhibit, or other use, by any means, without prior written permission is prohibited. To reproduce or use the photographs, please complete the appropriate form(s) and submit them to the San Francisco History Center for permission.
There is no fee for academic uses which include: dissertation, thesis, class presentation, or any academic publication that is not for sale. Please submit a Permission to Publish form and use fees will be waived.
There is no usage fee for agencies of the Federal, State, or City government agencies or for commerical organizations or individuals doing pro bono work for government agencies. Please submit a Permission to Publish form and use fees will be waived.
Social Media Use
The Library has fantastic images to post, tweet and share. These are FREE to use on social media channels.
- Facebook: “like” the Library’s page so you can tag our page in your Facebook Library image posts with using “@SanFranciscoPublicLibrary.”
- Twitter: tag @sfpubliclibrary and/ or #sfpubliclibrary when tweeting Library images.
- Instagram: tag @sfpubliclibrary and/ or #sfpubliclibrary when sharing Library images.