Ask Maureen: Photocopying Pictures


Barbara asked: Does photocopying recent photographs damage the pictures? Is there an alternative for our library patrons who want to copy materials from our small collection?

Photocopying exposes all types of images to intense light, heat, and chemicals. A single photocopy shouldn’t cause noticeable damage. I would not advise repeat copying of any image. There is also the stress of repeatedly handling the picture for duplication.

A better solution is to scan the images and create a database using a simple photo organizing program or a web based portal like Flickr , then letting patrons select the photographs they want to print.