Digitisation Service

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COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and changes to our services - All library buildings are now closed. The Library service remains open online.

Image of a CameraSpecial Collections offers a digitisation service for our rare book and archive holdings wherever possible.

We aim to complete all copy requests within 1 week of the confirmation of your order (please note your order will only be confirmed once payment has been received).

Occasionally legal restrictions or the fragility of an item will prevent us from offering this service. We will advise you further in this situation.

Please note: the photographic section of the Bell (Gertrude) Archive is administered separately by School of History, Classics and Archaeology. Visit the dedicated website for details on obtaining images from this collection.

How to Order Your Digital Copies

As part of the University’s response to coronavirus, we will be unable to satisfy any digitisation requests until further notice. The Special Collections team will still be responding to all enquiries via e-mail and you can contact us at lib-specenq@ncl.ac.uk


Digitisation (scanning/photography)

£3.00 per digital image (£2.50 + VAT), and £1.80 (£1.50 + VAT) for subsequent orders over 10 images.

Photography in the Reading Room

When consulting material, users are permitted to photograph material themselves free of charge. This is subject to completing the copyright declaration forms which can be provided by staff on your visit.


The library has no additional charges for commercial and non-commercial reuse. However you must:

  • Seek copyright permission from the creator or designated third party where copyright exemptions do not apply.
  • Acknowledge the University Library appropriately.

For specific guidance on copyright and acknowledgements, please see our Copyright, Permission, Acknowledgements and Data Protection page.

Re-use of Public Sector Informaion Regulations 2015

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

If you have any queries about this public task statement, or wish to lodge a complaint about a decision made in relation to the Regulations, please contact us.

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