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UPDATE December 2020

CUL’s Digital Content Unit staff can now process new requests.

Due to limited capacity, Christmas holidays and maintenance work in the CUL building, we expect some delays with all requests for new photography submitted between 15 December 2020 and 13 January 2021. The DCU team will do their best to process all requests as soon as possible. 

If you would like to request a copy of an item from the collection of Cambridge University Library (as part of the Special Collections Scan and Deliver service or for any other purpose) please submit a request via the online form. 

The Digital Content Unit is a key part of the Library's Research Collections Directorate. Over many years, we have built up considerable expertise in providing imaging and licensing services around the Library’s collections and other photographic needs. We have completed many major, and smaller, digitisation projects. The DCU consists of two teams. The Picture Library supports research, teaching, and publication of Library content. The Photography team provides a range of high quality imaging services. We work closely with the Digital Library Unit and the Special Collections Department to provide bespoke and comprehensive digitisation services.

On this website, you will find more information on:

  • How to order images of Library Content
  • How to license the use of those images
  • How to order specialist imaging and audio-video services
  • To learn more or discuss any aspect of a digitisation project please contact us directly

Request and license images from Library collections

We provide and license high-quality digital images of the Library's collections. This website contains information about ordering pictures and licensing their use. Please contact us before you reproduce Library materials in publications, websites or broadcasts. You might need to order the images and then (when you are ready to publish) complete the licensing process.

Specialist photography and other audio-video services

Our Photography Team are experts in the digitisation of the most delicate material. They use a range of innovative methods to make content more accessible, legible or visible. This includes: multispectral imaging, high-resolution large-format photography (for oversized items) and various methods for shooting fragile items, watermarks, 3D objects (3D photogrammetry) and raking-light imaging. In addition, we provide standard studio and events photography as well as film-making services.

Contact us

Digital Content Unit
Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge
CB3 9DR

Email: photo@lib.cam.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0) 1223 765741
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 339684

 

 


Request copies or images

Pricing

 

Audio-visual Services:

 

  • Imaging of library materials (including theses)
  • Licensing of Library materials
  • Product photography for catalogues, exhibitions etc.
  • Event and conference photography
  • Video making – events, interviews, conferences, short films
  • Multispectral photography
  • 3D photogrammetry

 

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