Imaging Services

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Imaging Services is the primary provider of digital images, photographic prints and paper prints from microfilm within the Bodleian Libraries. These are supplied for both academic and commercial use as defined under our terms of use. Please check to determine if your intended image use is permitted.

Before placing an order

Before placing and order for images please see if what you require is on Digital Bodleian or Bodleian Images the online picture library.

Digital Bodleian

Browse almost one million images of rare books, manuscripts and other treasures on Digital Bodleian.

To support and facilitate research, learning, teaching and engagement with these collections permission fees for academic use have been removed. Please refer to our terms of use to determine if your use is included in this initiative. Formal application for permission to use images will not be required for academic use.

Bodleian Images

Bodleian Images is the online picture library of the Bodleian Libraries. You can view and buy digital reproductions of manuscripts, rare books, musical texts, maps, illustrations and photographs, for editorial publication and other use, from anywhere in the world.

If you wish to licence images for publication or commercial use, please consult our guide to available license options.

Digital images purchased through the online store will be available immediately for download in JPEG format. Each digital image is supplied with subject information and metadata for credit and copyright. If you require digital files in TIFF format, please contact us and we can discuss your requirements further.

Order images

If the item you require is not available through Digital Bodleian or Bodleian Images, you can request images and prints of items in the Bodleian Libraries collections through our image ordering service.

Images will be captured with expert knowledge and to the highest standard possible.

There is a minimum order charge of £20 (including VAT). Image fees are provided on the order form.

Digital images are sent by download link (FTP). Due to file sizes, we cannot send images via email.

The standard turnaround time for orders to be processed and despatched is 21 working days from receipt of payment.

Placing an order

Download and complete the Imaging Services order form (PDF)


For each request, make sure you have the correct shelfmark and page/folio numbers required. A shelfmark is an individual reference given to collection material within our libraries. This reference should be followed by a folio/page number (e.g MS.Bodl. 264, fol. 1r). A complete shelfmark, including folio/page number, enables our team to locate and identify the collection material more efficiently. For special collections items, you can locate shelfmarks using our Special Collections catalogues or Digital Bodleian.

For non-manuscript items, consult our library catalogue SOLO.

Alternatively, you can contact special collections for assistance.

Please provide full contact details, including an email address. These will be needed to contact you promptly with any queries relating to your order.

Make sure all sections relating your delivery information  are completed clearly to allow accurate despatch of images.

Order forms can be submitted by email and post.


All material is subject to UK copyright law. The Bodleian Libraries own and retain the copyright on all reproductions produced at all times. This is separate from the original copyright of the material.

Guide to copyright restrictions

If the image is intended for non-commercial purpose or private study, you must complete a copyright declaration for any material still protected by copyright. This can be found in the Copyright Declaration on page 3 of the order form.

Reproducing images in electronic and/or printed form

If the ordered images are to be reproduced in an electronic and/or printed format for non-academic use, you must separately apply for permission to use the images.

Download the Permission to use: Electronic and Non Electronic form (PDF)

The standard fees for each are given on the form.

You may not reproduce any material supplied for any reason (other than academic or personal use) whether for profit or not without written permission from the Bodleian Libraries.

Payment and delivery

Orders can take a number of weeks to be checked and authorised, depending on the availability and type of collection material you have requested. Once this is complete, a pro-forma invoice will be sent to you by email, with details of how to pay.

You can pay by credit/debit card online, bank transfer or cheque (we do not accept American Express). Payment must be received before work on your order can begin.

The standard turnaround time for digital delivery or postal despatch is 21 working days from receipt of payment.

Some orders may require longer turnaround times, in which case these will be agreed with the customer. There may be a delay in obtaining collection material for photography if it has been requested by an on-site library services user.

Technical specification

Quality Specification
File type TIFF
Colour Space Adobe 1998
Bit-Depth 8 bits per channel
Resolution 600ppi for originals smaller than A5
400ppi for originals between A5 and A3
300ppi for originals between A3 and A2
200ppi for originals between A2 and A1
150ppi for originals between A1 and A0
Paper sizes definitions
Scale Millimetre scale provided
Technical Target X-Rite ColorChecker Classic Mini (patches 13-24) provided
Metadata Technical metadata provided as IPTC keyword or EXIF Descriptive metadata provided by associated text file*


Imaging standards and compliance

We will comply to the highest performance levels for the majority of parameters in the following guidelines.

Intellectual property after 1 January 2021

Key information from the UK government for customers and users of Intellectual Property (IP) about how the IP system and the IP office will operate after the end of the Brexit transition period.

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