Use of Images

Last council meeting in old City Hall, 1960
Last council meeting in old City Hall, 1960

Terms of Use

The original images are in the public domain and copyright has lapsed. The digital images are created by the Hamilton Public Library and Hamilton Public Library owns the copyright for these digital images. All images are covered under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 2.5 Canada License.

These images can be used for personal or research use without prior permission. Any other use, including, but not limited to, commercial or scholarly reproductions, redistribution, publication, or transmission whether by electronic means or otherwise without prior written permission from the Hamilton Public Library is prohibited. The Library will grant or withhold permission on a case by case basis. Permission requests may be sent to the Local History & Archives Department.

Acceptable uses for the images are:

  • Teaching
  • Research or reference
  • Private study
  • General interest

The images on the PreVIEW website are low resolution files in jpg format. High resolutions images are now available for purchase.

The images must not be altered or manipulated in any way and proper credit must accompany all images.


When you reproduce an image from the PreVIEW website, the following information must appear with the image as part of the credit line:

Images courtesy of the Hamilton Public Library, Local History & Archives

The Commons on Flickr

To increase public access to its collection of photographs, Local History & Archives is contributing to The Commons on Flickr, which contains images from photograph collections held in archives around the world.   

All images from Local History & Archives featured on The Commons have "no known copyright restrictions," either because they are in the public domain or the copyright is owned by the Hamilton Public Library. 
To visit the Local History & Archives images on The Commons, visit: