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The cost of reproductions reflects the amount of processing needed to complete the order. The great majority of Special Collections material must be digitised using careful handling and specialist photographic equipment. Unless customers specify otherwise at the point of requesting the copies, we deliver 8 bit uncompressed jpg files, 600ppi in 1:1 scale with RBG (Adobe 1998) colour profile. 

Licensing permission is required if you would like to use images for any kind of publication. Please contact us beforehand. Additional fees might apply, though we do not usually charge for publication in the body of an academic article.

Prices exclude VAT

Minimum Charge per request - £15.00


Special Collections Items Photography

Cost per image

1 -2 images


3 to 20 images


21 to 99 images


100+ images


Main Collection Items Photography

Cost per image

Up to 5 images


6 to 59 images


60 to 99 images


100+ images


Microfilm scans


Up to 75 images

£1.00 per image

Full copy of a microfilm

£75.00 per reel

Map Collection Scans Digital scans

Cost per image

Original up to A3 (including A4 and A3 extract)










Full copy of thesis (per volume)


Other services and charges


Fragile oversized item up to 155cm x 205cm


Express Delivery (delivery within 2 working days from the time of payment - subject to the number of images, and the condition of the original items)

plus 100%

Charging and licensing policies

Academic use

The Library will not usually charge for permission to publish images it supplies inside an academic publication (produced by a university press, on a scholarly subject, with an expected combined print and e-book/e-subscription volume of less than 3,000 copies).

Conditions of use

Unless used under a copyright exception or licensed under a Creative Commons licence, anyone wishing to use an image supplied by the library must submit a formal request and agree to the Library’s terms and conditions of use. Users must also clear any copyright in the original material if this is necessary for publication or use.




One Country

World Rights

World Rights


One language

One Language

All Languages





Books, Partworks, Periodicals




Full page




Up to Half page








Book & Audio Book jackets





Merchandise and commercial products

Please contact the Library by e-mailing

Please note:

  • VAT at 20% must be paid, where applicable
  • Print publications: rates apply to print runs of up to 10,000.  For higher print runs please contact us.
  • All print rates are for one edition only, non-exclusive rights.  Subsequent editions and reprints require an additional payment.

Reviewed August 2022

Contact us

Cultural Heritage Imaging Laboratory
Cambridge University Library
West Road

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



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Frequently Asked Questions


Audio-visual Services:

  • Imaging of library materials (including theses)
  • Licensing of Library materials
  • Product photography for catalogues, exhibitions etc.
  • Video making – interviews, short films
  • Multispectral photography
  • 3D photogrammetry
  • Advanced investigative imaging of heritage artifacts


Digitisation Services:

  • Support to researchers in planning digitisation projects
  • Support for large-scale imaging projects, including off-site imaging
  • Help and advice on technical issues such as metadata and imaging standards
  • Hosting of digitised collections from other institutions