Cambridge University Library

Image Prices

Please note that for some material, conservation issues may limit the imaging options available to you. There is a minimum charge of £10.00 for online and postal orders.

Digital Studio Images

Excellent quality publication images. 300dpi images are suitable for reproductions around life size and smaller, using 150lpi or less for printing. 600dpi images are suitable for high quality publication, exhibition use, demanding post production work, and printing at 150lpi and above.

Images are normally supplied as 24bit RGB, PC byte order and saved uncompressed as tiff files unless otherwise instructed.

Maximum size: up to A1 originals. For larger material, please contact us to discuss prices.

  • 300dpi - £12.00 per file up to 50
  • 300dpi - £8.58 per file up to 116
  • 300dpi - £5.15 per file 117 and over
  • 600dpi - £24.00 per file up to 25
  • 600dpi - £15.88 per file up to 62
  • 600dpi - £7.75 per file 63 and over

For studio commissions, i.e. table top photography, infra red, ultra violet, exhibition and PR work, please contact us to discuss prices.

Overhead Colour Scanner

150dpi jpg watermarked images are suitable for private study and online publication.

300dpi tiff images are suitable for good quality publication and multi-media use.

Maximum size: up to A2 pages with books having a maximum thickness of 90mm. Images will be single pages rather than double-page openings.

  • 150dpi - £1.50 per file up to 20
  • 150dpi - £1.25 per file up to 240
  • 150dpi - £0.85 per file 241 and over
  • 300dpi - £6.00 per file up to 10
  • 300dpi - £4.25 per file up to 30
  • 300dpi - £3.45 per file up to 60

Please contact us to discuss orders of over 60 images for 300dpi files.

Photocopies / Overhead Paper Scans (Rare Books Photocopies)

Photocopies can be made onto paper or produced as scanned image files. Images are suitable for viewing as a paper copy or as a PDF. Scanned images are suitable for PowerPoint presentations. Images are not fit for publication.

Photocopying is available using our self-service machines, or through an Imaging Services Operator - either by application at the Imaging Services counter, or using our online order form.

Rare Books copies must be produced by an Operator - orders can be placed using the online form, paper forms (available at enquiry desks) or by application at the Imaging Services counter.

Maximum size: A3 pages or openings

Operator Scanned Image Files

  • A4 300dpi PDF - £0.50 per file
  • A3 300dpi PDF - £0.85 per file

Operator Paper Copies

Over the counter and in-house orders:

  • A4 Mono - £0.25 per side
  • A3 Mono - £0.35 per side
  • A4 Colour - £1.00 per side
  • A3 Colour - £1.40 per side

Online and postal orders

  • A4/A3 Mono - £0.30 per side
  • A4/A3 Colour - £1.20 per side

Self Service Scanned Image Files

  • A4 200dpi PDF - £0.08 per file
  • A3 200dpi PDF - £0.08 per file

Self Service Paper Copies

  • A4 Mono - £0.10 per side
  • A3 Mono - £0.20 per side

Thesis Copies

Copies of theses can be ordered using our online order form or by application at the Imaging Services counter.

  • There is a fixed price of £65 for a thesis copy

Map Copies

Most small maps (up to A3) may be copied/scanned in the usual way. Rare and/or fragile maps might have limited imaging options. Special prices for the production of extracts from large maps (over A3) as paper copies or PDF files are:

  • A4 Mono - £0.75
  • A4 Colour - £2.00
  • A3 Mono - £1.10
  • A3 Colour - £2.85

For further imaging options, especially for complete copies of larger maps, for map-specific copyright information, and for general questions about the Library's map holdings, please contact the Map Room.

Microfilm Legacy Service

While Imaging Services have ceased to create new microfilms, scanned image files and paper copies can be made from existing microfilms where available. Self-service copying from Microfilm is available in the Microform Reading Room, or orders for copies can be placed using our online order form. We also supply complete reels of duplicate microfilm - please contact us for further information and prices.

Self Service Paper Copies

  • A4 Mono - £0.50 per side
  • A3 Mono - £0.70 per side

Operator Paper Copies

  • A4 Mono - £1.00 per side up to 10
  • A4 Mono - £0.60 per side 11 and over
  • A3 Mono - £1.20 per side up to 9
  • A3 Mono - £0.80 per side 10 and over

Operator Scanned Images

  • 300dpi bi-tonal file - £0.65 per frame
  • 300dpi grayscale file - £1.00 per frame

Wide Format Scanning

Scanned Image Files

  • A3/A4 - £2.50 per file
  • A2 - £5.00 per file
  • A1 - £10.00 per file
  • A0 - £20.00 per file

Location / Studio Photography

Labour Charge

  • Half Hourly rate £25.00
  • Half Day £125.00
  • Whole Day £250.00

Removable Media

  • CDR/DVD ROM - £2.50
  • USB Flash Drive 2GB - £11.25