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Fees for Our Library Research Services

As a preeminent repository of information related to toy trains, the National Toy Train Library offers a wealth of research assistance services, including document scans and high-resolution images (subject to copyright and other limitations). Get information about the various fees associated with our professional services here.

National Toy Train Library Service Fee Schedule

TCA MembersNon-Members
Research Assistance
First 30 minutesFreeFree
Additional Research (15 minute increments)$16/hour$32/hour
(You will be notified in advance of estimated costs beyond the free 30 minutes.)
B&W (per page + mailing)$0.25$0.50
Color (per page + mailing)$0.50$1.00
Document Scans (PDF) 
1 – 4 pages$1.00$2.00
Each additional page$0.25$0.50
1 – 4 pages$1.00$2.00
Each additional page$0.25$0.50

*The National Toy Train Library offers limited copying or scanning of library materials for private study, scholarship, or research. Library staff cannot copy or scan entire works, including, but not limited to, books, handbooks, catalogs, manuals, or periodicals.

How to Submit Library Research Service Requests

Our knowledgeable, professional library staff is always ready to serve TCA members and other toy train enthusiasts by providing specialized assistance with nearly any type of research project. To work with us, please call (717) 687-8623 ext. 108 or send an email.

Looking to Obtain High-Resolution Images?

While we do not print photo reproductions, we can provide high-quality digital images from our collection, subject to copyright and other relevant rules. Please follow the link below to our Form Requests page to order images for either personal, commercial, or other organizational uses.

Fees:TCA MemberNon-Member
Personal Reference Use$2.50 each$5 each
Commercial Use$25 each$50 each
*Non-Commercial Org. Use$5 each$10 each
TCA Use$0$0
*Non-Commercial use fees may be waived on a case-by-case basis for museum exhibits and other educational use.

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The National Toy Train Library

The National Toy Train Library is overseen by a committee of volunteers, who specialize in toy trains from various manufacturers and time periods. The Library is always happy to assist researchers and TCA members both in the physical library and with questions submitted online.

Call (717) 687-8623 ext. 108 or email with questions.

Ready to Start Your Toy Train Research? Search the Online Catalog Now!

Wondering if we have a particular resource you’re looking for? Our online catalog—which is regularly updated with new records—provides a glimpse into a significant part of our library holdings.