Order Photocopies/Images

Order Photocopies/Images


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 Form which is also 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 four weeks to complete. To order, we would require you to complete a Photographic Order Form


All photocopying is carried out by Special Collections staff. The copying of some material may not be possible if the copying process will cause harm to the item. Please note that we are usually only able 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 Photocopy Order Form‌ 

Placing Orders:

The relevant copy order forms are available on this page (above) or from staff in the reading room. Please ensure you complete full reference details for the items you wish copied and outline the service you require.

Orders placed in the reading room must be lodged with the Duty Supervisor at least 1 hour before closing. This ensures that there is sufficient time to check both the order and the items to be copied.

Orders can also be placed remotely. Please print, complete and sign the relevant form and return by post. A handling fee of £20 (including VAT) will be charged for all orders placed remotely.

Delivery of Orders:

We aim to complete orders as quickly as possible, however services are subject to the availability of staff and external services. We look to meet the following timeframes: 

Photocopying: Within 5 working days

Digital scanning/photography: Within 20 working days

Orders can be posted out or collected from Special Collections. Postage and packing charges will be applied where copies are delivered by post.  Orders uncollected within two months will be posted out and invoiced accordingly. Digital images can be provided on CD/DVD, or transferred through the University's File Transfer Service. We recommend that electronic files are transferred immediately to appropriate storage as we cannot guarantee to be able to re-send files.

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. An additional fee may be charged for such reproduction.


Please see our copying services price list for up-to-date prices. This is available from staff and here: Copying Services Price List. If ordering remotely, please do not send payment in advance. We will send an invoice for payment after the order has been completed. details of how to pay will be included on the invoice. *Please note that a handling charge of £20 (including VAT) will be applied to all invoices raised*.

University of Glasgow Theses:

Digitised copies:

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.

Further information on our service is available here: Copying Services Guide

Special Collections, University of Glasgow Library
Hillhead Street
Glasgow G12 8QE

Phone: 0141-330 6767
e-mail: Niki.Russell@glasgow.ac.uk