You can scan, make copies or photograph the items in the collections. Some items may be available electronically so do check before making your own copy.
Before copying, please check the Library's handling process and familiarise yourself with the copyright guidelines. These are displayed in the Copy Services Room and the Rare Materials Room.
Please help us to preserve our collections by checking to see if the item you wish to copy is available electronically already. Staff will be happy to advise you how to check.
- Scanners are available in the Copy Services Rooms on level 2 and 3.
- Scanned images can be printed to black-and-white printers or saved (in colour) to memory/USB stick in the Copy Services Rooms.
To print, scan or copy you will need to put money on your Library card using the machine in the Copy Services Room on level 2. The machine only takes cash; debit and credit cards are not accepted. You will then need to scan your Library card to retrieve printing from the printer, or to use the scanner.
Always observe copyright law and remember that you may only make copies for the purposes of research for a non-commercial purpose or private study. You must not reproduce or distribute images taken for personal use.
Copying price list
|Open access material ||
2p per digital file
10p per A4 black-and-white print
26p per A4 colour print.
|Prints from microfilm||10p per sheet.
Printing from Library computers price list (per A4 page)
Using your own digital camera
Provided you always observe the Library's handling and copyright regulations, you may photograph material using your own digital camera. Please be aware that different handling rules apply in the Rare Materials Room; the Rare Materials Room supervisor will advise you about these.
From 16 March 2020, we are unable to take any orders for new photography. Wellcome Collection is closed to the public and all staff due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many of the Library's materials are fragile, rare, or out of print and difficult to replace. Some material is unique. Staff will need to decide the best copying method to preserve these important materials for the future.
Prices quoted on this site do not include VAT. No payment is taken upon placing your order. When your images are ready for delivery, you will be issued with an invoice by email. The invoice can be paid online using PayPal (a PayPal account is not required) with a debit or credit card. Digital files are delivered through a download link sent to you by email.
Our standard turnaround time is four weeks. All reproductions are subject to copyright and condition restrictions.
To use this service please complete the online photography order form with full details of your request.
| ||Description||Cost ||Maximum items per order*
Suitable for detailed study and reproduction.
|There is no charge for high-resolution images from 1 September-1 December 2018 as part of a trial.||20
|Standard-resolution photography||Lower-resolution images are suitable for reference and onscreen display.
Images are delivered as PDF files and are intended for your personal use only.
£2.00 per double page spread or image (if item is archive material).
Minimum order of £6.00. Photographing entire books is quoted on an individual basis. Please select this option when ordering and a member of Library staff will contact you with a price for your approval.
* An item is, for example, a book, a print, a drawing or an archive folder.
If you have any queries please ask a member of staff or contact Library Enquiries - firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can copy items in the Wellcome Library provided that you adhere to copyright law.
It is an offence to break copyright law. It is your responsibility to ensure that your copying is legal.
Library staff can advise on the physical handling of material and on whether copying would damage it, but cannot offer legal advice.
If material is in copyright, you may make a single copy for the purpose of private study or research for a non-commercial purpose. You may not:
- Copy more than a fair and reasonable proportion of an item in copyright, unless the copyright holder has authorised you to do so.
- Make multiple copies, unless the copyright holder has authorised you to do so.
- Put digital copies on a network (which includes the internet), unless the copyright holder has authorised you to do so.
You should acknowledge the copyright holder's rights in any use that you make of your copies.
Read the information about copyright in the UK: