The Image Studio is currently working at reduced capacity. We are prioritising existing orders but customers may experience some unavoidable delay. Thank you for your patience.
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.
Browse almost one million images of rare books, manuscripts and other treasures on Digital Bodleian.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
|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.
- Metamorfoze Preservation Imaging Guidelines
- Technical Guidelines for Digitization of Cultural Heritage Material, Federal Agencies Digital Guidelines Initiative (FADGI)
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.