Material held in Special Collections may only be photocopied by Library staff. Because of its physical condition, the copying of some material may not be possible. Note that it is usually possible only to photocopy small sections from bound volumes in order to avoid damaging bindings. The duty supervisor will be able to advise you if copying is possible. To order photocopies, please complete a Photographic Request Form (the web link to the form is further down this page).
Permission may be given for researchers to take photographs of Special Collections material, at no cost, for the purposes of non-commercial research, teaching or private study. Decisions are made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of Library staff. It may not be possible to grant permission immediately. If you wish to apply to take photographs, please provide details of the material on the "Application to take photographs in Special Collections" form which is available from the duty supervisor in the Reading Room. The use of flash photography and accessories including light and tripods is not permitted.
If you require high resolution digital scans, these orders have to be sent to the photographic unit for processing and may take up to 4 weeks to complete. To order, we would require you to complete a Photographic Order Form (the web link to the form is further down this page).
All requests for photocopying and/or photography must be lodged with the Duty Supervisor not less than 30 minutes before closing. This ensures that there is sufficient time to check that the forms have been completed correctly.
We can accept orders for photocopying and photography by post but the forms must be printed out and sent to us as we require signatures before can process orders:
Every effort is made to deal with orders as quickly as possible, but the time taken will vary according to the volume of work in hand at the time of placing your order. Readers should expect to wait at least five working days for photocopy orders. All photographic orders are sent to the Library's Photographic Unit and may take up to four weeks.
Orders can be posted out or collected from Special Collections. *Copies not collected within 2 months will be posted out and invoiced accordingly*
Publication of copies
Copies are supplied on the understanding that they are to be used only for the purpose of private study and research. If you wish to publish material supplied by Special Collections, please refer to our help on obtaining permission to publish.
Digital scans to CD
(we can also send digital files electronically, please state on your order form if you would prefer this option)
- Tiff format up to 10 Mb £12.00 minimum charge (for first image) + £4.00 for each additional image.
- Larger files: Price on request
- 7" x 5" - £7.00
- 10" x 8" - £10.00
- 20" x 16" - £15.00
Prints: black and white
- 7" x 5" - £5.00
- 10" x 8" - £7.00
- 20" x 16" - £12.00
- A4 photocopies: 40p per page.
- A3 photocopies: 40p per page.
Paper prints from existing microfilm
- A4 - 40p per page
- A3 - 50p per page
University of Glasgow Theses
You can now order most theses to be digitised and then downloaded via the British Library Ethos service. This service takes about ten days and is normally free, (there is also an option to request copies/files on CD for a charge). Note: you need to register and login to order theses in this way.
In addition to the prices listed, extra charges are normally added to cover VAT (where appropriate), and the costs of postage and packing. If an order is being sent out rather than being collected, please do not send payment in advance; we will include an invoice for payment with the order.
Please note that the minimum charge for raising invoices for sending orders overseas is £5.
Further information is available from:
Special Collections ,University of Glasgow Library
Glasgow G12 8QE
Phone: 0141-330 6767
Fax: 0141-330 3793