Authors of books and articles often face a final hurdle when it comes to obtaining permission to reprint images. Images of works of art come with a complex set of conditions of use. While an older work may be in the public domain, the creation and use of images of that work may be restricted or licensed by the institution that owns the work. Fees for academic republication routinely run into hundreds of dollars per image.
Fortunately for scholars, the Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) program distributes over 20,000 images of art held by a dozen institutions, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Getty Research Institute Photo Archive, and academic collections like Princeton University’s Art Museum and the Yale University Art Gallery. These images are searchable and downloadable through UNLV Libraries’ subscription to the ARTstor Digital Library.
Including the acronym IAP in a search will retrieve only images that may be reproduced in books and articles without charge by agreeing to a set of terms and conditions and recording some basic information about how they will be used.
The College Art Association has additional information about reproducing images in scholarly books and articles, including a list of institutions offering public domain images available for some uses with no charge.
Watch this space for a future article about ways the Libraries is breaking ground when it comes to permissions for images from our special collections!