Frequently Asked Questions
A: Please contact staff in the Genealogy, History and Travel division at 614-645-2275 prior to using material from the Digital Collections in publications. Some images may have restrictions or be copyrighted.
Q: How do I cite the source?
A: Please credit the use of any image as having come from "The Columbus Metropolitan Library Digital Collections".
Q: Are images in the collection copyrighted?
Q: How do I download an image that I would like to use?
A: Right click on the image and save it to your personal computer.
Q: How do I obtain a higher resolution of an image?
A: Please contact the Genealogy, History and Travel division at 614-645-2275 to arrange for higher resolution scans.
Q: How do I add or donate images to the digital collections?
A: If you have material of historical significance you would like to contribute please contact the Genealogy, History & Travel Division at 614-645-2275. Your contribution may be made by either donating images to the library or by lending them to the library so that we may scan the image and return the original to you. For more information see How to Contribute.
Q: Where else can I find historic images of Columbus?
A: The following websites offer historic photographs online:
OhioPix offers selected images from the collection of the Ohio Historical Society.
This is an online scrapbook of Ohio history.
The site is maintained by the Grandview Heights Public Library and includes historic Central Ohio images from the Columbus Citizen-Journal Collection.
Historical references from The Grandview Heights / Marble Cliff Historical Society.
A collection of Upper Arlington historical images.
A collection of Worthington historical images.
The Ohio State University Archives offers historical photographs of campus buildings and other selected items.
Q: I have more questions. How do I contact the library?
A: Please call the Columbus Metropolitan Library at 645-2275 and ask to speak to someone in the Genealogy, History & Travel Division or email a question to our website at www.columbuslibrary.org. Click on "Contact Us".