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The Library is required to comply with the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015. This regulates how information it holds or creates is made available for re-use.

Statement of Public Task

This statement sets out the functions carried out by Cambridge University Library that are within the Library’s public task under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015. This statement is regularly reviewed and due to be considered again no later than 31 December 2016.

Cambridge University Library is one of the world’s great research libraries, founded in the early 14th century as a shared information repository for the University. It has been actively collecting books, journals, manuscripts and archives throughout its 600 years and from 1710 has been the recipient of items published in the United Kingdom as a copyright and legal deposit library. Its role as a legal deposit library is set out in the Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003 as amended by The Legal Deposit Libraries (Non-Print Works) Regulations 2013.

The Library is governed by a Library Syndicate in accordance with the regulations set out in the University’s Statutes and Ordinances (see especially

The public task of the library is articulated in its current strategic plan (, where the Library identifies its top priorities as leading information provision and discovery for Cambridge and the global academic community and forging partnerships with scholars to advance transformative research and learning.

The Library undertakes digitisation and facilitates re-use wherever copyright law, data protection and the availability of funding will permit this. The Library does not have a dedicated budget for digitisation, so is reliant on charging fees for the digitisation, supply and licensing of content in order to meet its costs.

PSI requests

If you have any query about this public task statement, wish to inquire about re-use of information under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations, or wish to lodge a complaint about a decision made in relation to the Regulations, please write to and include PSI in the subject line.

In accordance with the Regulations any requests for re-use will be addressed within 20 working days or an explanation provided if a longer delay is anticipated. Complaints are addressed by the Library’s Head of Digital Content and if unresolved will be escalated to an appropriate member of the University.

Contact us

Digital Content Unit
Cambridge University Library
West Road

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



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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