There are restrictions on copying, scanning and photography of special collections material. We offer a staff-mediated copying service to provide photocopies of some eligible items, and a staff-mediated scanning service for members of the University.
You can find high-quality images of some special collections items for download on Digital Bodleian. Images can also be purchased from Imaging Services.
Cameras are allowed in Weston Library reading rooms, and we allow personal digital photography for private research purposes free of charge. You must first make a request to a member of staff to check for conservation, copyright and ownership issues.
Some collections may not be photographed.
Photography must be done without flash, with no tripod or copying stand of any kind, and in still mode. There is no designated area for photography.
Scanning and copying
Not all of our collections are available for photocopying and scanning. Those that are must be copied in ways that minimise the stress to the books, so that the Bodleian Libraries’ collections are preserved for future generations.
Post-1900 printed books may be copied or scanned by readers, subject to the conditions below and copyight restrictions.
If the material is not eligible for self-service scanning and copying, you may be able to request copies or scans through our staff-mediated services.