Cambridge University Library

Imaging and licensing of Library content: the Digital Content Unit

Imaging and licensing of the Library's content is handled by the Digital Content Unit, which is part of the Library's Special Collections Division.

We provide and license high-quality digital images of the Library's collections for use in research, teaching and publications.

We also provide content for the Library's digitisation programme, which is making collections available via the Cambridge Digital Library.

Please note that the Library's imaging and licensing services are currently undergoing some changes. Our goal is to simplify our processes and pricing and provide a better service, but in the short term there may be delays in processing orders or licensing requests while we put new systems in place. Please direct any enquiries to

Imaging and licensing services

This website contains information and forms to enable you to order images or license their use. If you wish to reproduce Library materials in publications, websites or broadcasts then you will need to order the images and then (when you are ready to publish) complete the licensing process.

Self-service copying

In addition to these services, the Library provides photocopying/scanning machines and allows handheld photography of much of its material.

Photocopiers are available in the Photocopying Room off the North Wing corridor and within the West Room and Commonwealth reading rooms. In order to use these a DRA account is required. Staff in the reading rooms can provide some advice. Credit can be added using the self-service kiosk machine in the Photocopying Room or by making payment at the Reader Services Desk in the Library's entrance hall.

Cameras can be used to photograph most of the Library's material as long as a form is completed and copyright regulations are observed. These photographs are for private research and study only and cannot be distributed, placed online or used within publications. Images must be ordered for these purposes.

Copies of theses

Cambridge theses are not available for borrowing or inter-library loan. They can be consulted in the Manuscripts Reading Room. You can also order complete copies of most theses as PDFs or photocopies for a standard charge of £65.00 (plus VAT and postage where applicable). Please see image ordering and complete an online request form.

Contact details

Any enquiries about ordering and licensing images should be made via:

You can also write to us at:

Imaging Services
Cambridge University Library
West Road

Phone: +44 (0) 1223 765741
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 339684

If you are paying for an order, please note that we do not accept card details by email and no longer accept details by phone or fax. Payments can now be made via our secure online card payment system - if you have not been given a link to this with your quotation or invoice, please contact us at