University of Oregon

Aerial Photography Research Service (APRS)

    Location: Document Center
    Knight Library, First Floor
    Mail: 1299 University of Oregon
    Eugene, OR 97403-1299
    Phone: (541) 346-4565
    Fax: (541) 346-1958

Aerial Photography Research Request Form »


Aerial Photographs in the Library's collections are subject to specific Use Policies and Limitations on Publication.

The Map & Aerial Photography Library at the University of Oregon is the largest collection of its type in Oregon. Currently, the Map & Aerial Photography Collection is home to over 600,000 aerial photographs of Oregon, stretching as far back as the 1930s, and 300,000 maps. The collection has been cultivated over the years through a variety of sources.The library strives to keep the most complete and accessible collection of aerial photography prints of the state of Oregon.

The Map & Aerial Photography Library is pleased to be able to offer a wide range of services for remote users.  The aerial photography and historic map collections are closed stack--only trained library staff can research and retrieve aerial photography. For this reason the UO Libraries offer the Aerial Photography Research Service (APRS) to locate and compile historic maps and aerial photography. This service is available at no cost to OUS students and faculty who come to the library to view materials. Non-OUS faculty, students and staff patrons will be charged a research fee. The Map and Aerial Photography Library is located in the Document Center on the first floor of the Knight Library.

Research requests:

Students, faculty and staff of the Oregon University System (OUS) who are doing academic research may request to view aerial photography on-site and free of charge using the online request form. Such requests by OUS academic users may not be made on behalf of any other persons not entitled to this free service. For further information on permissible uses, consult the Libraries' policy on Licensing Materials. Aerial photography and map research is a fee-based service for the public. This includes, but is not limited to individuals working for private, state, and federal organizations. Requests can be placed via e-mail or fax. Fees go toward recovering the cost of providing the service and the maintenance and development of the collection.

Making a Research Request: 

Step 1. Fill out the request form. For more detailed instructions on how to submit a research request see the Making a Research Request instructional page.
APRS Request Form

Step 2. Create a site map. Please take a look at our guide to creating a simple map in Google Maps or some other sample maps. For more detailed instructions, see our tutorial on making maps.

Step 3. Attach the form and map to an email and send to

Types of Requests

  • Standard ESAs: This is a request for aerial photographs of a limited area of interest (AOI) that ranges from Phase 1 (one-per-decade) to Phase 3 (every year in the collection) levels. One can also opt to have a selection of topographic map 'clips' included in the package.
Example of what a Phase 1 request looks like when delivered
  • Extended ESAs: This is a request for a larger than normal area. Prices will vary depending on the size of the area. See our duplication rates for more information.
  • Custom Research: When a request does not fall within our typical parameters, we will charge an hourly research fee in addition to duplication fees. A request of this sort might involve adding metadata to a standard ESA, retrieving and scanning either an area of interest (AOI) or full sheet maps from the print collection, or an ESA-type request that is particularly large or complex.

Research Service Fees

  • $20 setup fee for all requests
  • $10 per photo for a standard size area
  • $75 / hour for custom research requests.

For more details see our:

See our FAQ for more details about the history of the collection, service and duplication services, and copyright policies.

APRS Imagery Collections


Created by kstroud on Jun 18, 2012 Last updated Oct 17, 2016
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