Self-service Photography

Photography by readers will be only permitted under the following conditions:

  • Self-service photography will only be allowed where compatible with preservation of the material. Before taking photographs readers must register with staff and have any material they wish to photograph assessed for suitability.
  • A permit to photograph items from the collections must be purchased for £5 (inc. of vat). Self-service permits are valid for one day only.
  • The Library and Record Centre reserve the right to refuse self service photography where material is considered too fragile or would require special handling and to limit the service to assigned seats within the Reading Room. Availability will be subject to capacity.
  • No tripods, stands or handheld scanners are allowed. No flash may be used and the photographic device must be on silent. Please do not disturb other readers.
  • Bound material must be photographed using the book cradle or supports provided. Unbound material must be placed flat on the desk. Material must not be forced open or flattened by hand or by any other means other than by the weights provided.
  • No amendments to lighting or seating can be made and standing on chairs or stools to obtain better images is not allowed. Researchers requiring publication quality images can order copies via the Library or Record Centre’s reprographic services.
  • Utmost care must be taken and handling guidelines followed at all times when photographing and handling any material. Both hands must be on the camera when taking any images and staff reserve the right to advise on and correct handling at any time.
  • This service is allowed according to the provisions of current copyright law. Please read the agreement detailed on the reverse of this form, by signing this form you agree to abide by the regulations listed.
  • The use of copies for publication on a website, exhibition, broadcast or for any commercial purpose requires written permission.


Note that some images of some items from the collections are available online via the image management system.