OML imaging center

Imaging Services 

The Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education is currently engaged in digitizing our rare map, atlas, and globe collections, and all images are made accessible to the public as soon as possible via the OML website,

Established 2009, the Digital Imaging Center utilized both Phase One and Nikon imaging products, which makes it possible to capture and document the collections rare materials in detail.

The Digital Imaging Center follows the federal and international imaging guidelines of FADGI (Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative) and ISO 19264-1 for 2D imaging for cultural heritage materials. Images are save in the archival file format, TIFF, and in the Adobe RGB (1998) color space, unless indicated otherwise by the client.

Imaging services are offered to the public and to other cultural heritage institutions who wish to have their material(s) imaged for a nominal fee.

Ownership of Digital Images

Images created for the Osher Map Library on behalf of the University of Southern Maine maintains the Creative Common License ( All images are freely available on the website in the JPEG format.

High-resolution images are freely available for scholarly and/or personal purposes, simply submit the required image request form (see below). Those wanting access to images intended for commercial purposes must seek approval from the Executive Director, pay the required fee (if applicable), and the image(s) used must be attributed to the Osher Map Library.

Prices For Imaging Services

The Digital Imaging Center offers imaging services to the public and to cultural institutions (historical societies, museums, libraries, etc.). The digital imaging team is trained to handle rare materials of various mediums (paper-based, painting, etc.), and the rare items can temporarily be housed in OML’s state-of–the-art storage facility if necessary during the digitization process.

To image a single or a specified amount of items$50.00 per image
Digital image use fee$75.00
A one-time image use fee applies to clients who are interested in using OML’s digital images for commercial purposes.
Post-production editing$45.00 per hour
The post-production editing fee applies to any images that the customer would like to have edited for their purposes (i.e. basic Photoshop color and tone adjustments, stitching, or other adjustments).

Please contact the OML Digital Imaging Center Staff to setup an appointment:

David Neikirk
Digital Imaging Coordinator

Adinah Barnett
Digital Imaging Specialist

Osher Map Library and Smith Center for Cartographic Education Image Request Form

Please complete the following form for image requests from our website. A single form response may be used if you are requesting multiple images. Before you submit your request, please consult our terms and conditions of use.

CLICK HERE to complete the form in a separate tab.