Special collections mediated copying

A digital scanning service for our special collections.

This limited service is free of charge and available to:

  • University members
  • Bodleian Reader card holders
  • Researchers not affiliated with the University or Bodleian Libraries

Using this service

Contact us about the items you are interested in scanning. We will be able to help you identify specific shelfmarks and folios for scanning, and specialist curatorial help will be on hand if required. 

Scans will be provided as PDF files at sufficient resolution for transcription and basic analysis, with simple metadata (shelfmark and folios).

Each request will be considered on a case-by-case basis and assessed according to your research needs.

If the material is ineligible for scanning, we will suggest suitable alternatives if they are available.

Some items will be unavailable for legal, conservation or other reasons.

How long will it take?

Orders have an average turnaround time of two weeks, but may take longer depending on the material requested.

Usage restrictions

Images provided by the mediated copying service are for personal research purposes only.

For professional images of Bodleian Libraries' items and their terms of use, please use our Imaging Services.

Contact us

For all orders and enquiries email: specialcollections.enquiries@bodleian.ox.ac.uk

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