The University of Iowa Libraries supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections whether these are paper-based texts, photographs, films, sound recordings, computer disks, or are “fixed” in other media. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted by their fragile condition or by contractual agreement with donors, and it may not be possible at all times to provide appropriate machinery for reading, viewing or accessing non-paper-based materials. Readers should be aware that their use of materials they are permitted to access may be governed by the United States copyright law that took effect on January 1, 1978, and as since amended. This law reserves certain monopoly rights to the creators of intellectual property but permits limited “fair use” of that property in some circumstances, including for the kinds of purposes typical of scholarship and library research. The University of Iowa Libraries urges scholars and researchers to understand and exercise fully their “fair use” rights, as well as to understand their possible liability under the law should they publish or reproduce copyrighted material. The Libraries’ statement on copyright may be useful in this regard.

To request scans (photoduplication) of Special Collections materials, patrons will first need to create a patron account with Aeon. Click here to create an account in Aeon.

After creating an Aeon account, please email, and a staff member will assist you with your request. Please note that due to limited staff time and resources, you may be asked to hire an independent researcher to fulfill large and/or time consuming requests.

Photoduplication fees are as follows, and are the same for all patrons regardless of University of Iowa affiliation:

Material Type Fee Amount
1 – 50 Scans/Photocopies no charge*
50+ Scans/Photocopies $10.00 service charge + $1.00 per page
CD & DVD $5.00 per item if physical copy is requested (no charge for digital copy)
VHS & Cassette Tapes Up to 30 minutes, $20.00 per item
Up to 60 minutes, $25.00 per item
Up to 90 minutes, $30.00 per item
Up to 120 minutes, $35.00 per item
Other AV Formats TBD based on item type and condition

*Please note there may be a $10.00 service charge + $1.00 per page fee for requests completed within other departments within the University of Iowa Libraries.