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Cambridge University Library


Digital Content Unit

The Library offers a wide range of imaging services for its Special Collections, depending on the nature of the material. For further information, contact the Digital Content Unit.

Self-service photography

Readers may use their own cameras to take still photographs of Special Collections material in the Anderson (Music), East Asian, Manuscripts, Maps and Rare Books Reading Rooms. If you wish to take your own photographs you must first speak to staff on the desk and read the information sheets on self-service photography and copyright provided. Photographs may be taken for non-commercial research or private study only.

Cameras and camera phones must be hand-held, and must be capable of being set to 'silent'. SLRs, tripods, 'mini-pods', hand-held scanners and flash photography are not permitted. Please note also that some collections are subject to restrictions and may not be photographed; staff will provide guidance on this.

Please see our full guidelines for further information.


Please see our Contacts page for details of how to get in touch with us.

Exhibition loans

We welcome enquiries about borrowing Special Collections items for exhibitions. Please see our document 'The loan of items to external exhibitions: policy and guidelines' for details of how to apply for an exhibition loan.



Image credit: Thomas Rowlandson (1756–1827), ‘Inside view of the Public Library, Cambridge' (1809) (Maps Fr.y.14)