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Copyright Statement

Terms and Conditions

Where the material, from which the copy has been requested, is still within copyright, the copy is supplied to you on condition that: 


You have not previously been supplied with a copy of the same material by ourselves or any other librarian


You will not use the copy except for research or private study and will not supply a copy of it to any other person: and


To the best of your knowledge no other person with whom you work or study has made or intends to make, at about the same time as this request, a request for substantially the same material for substantially the same purpose.

You understand that if the declaration is false the copy supplied to you will be an infringing copy and that you shall be liable for infringement of copyright as if you had made the copy yourself.

Where the rights in the material supplied to you rest with the University of St Andrews, no further copying or reproduction is allowed without the written permission of the Head of Special Collections

Conditions of reproduction agreement

The supply of photographic copies of images, documents or works held within the Division of Special Collections of the University of St Andrews Library does not in any way imply the granting of authority to reproduce such copies, in any form, for any purpose.  Authority for reproduction for any type of publication, broadcast, exhibition or online use must be sought, and obtained, in writing from the Division of Special Collections.  Unauthorised reproduction may render the infringer liable to civil penalties.

The reproduction of images will not be authorised without the submission of a fully completed form, confirming acceptance of the following standard conditions.  Individual cases may be subject to further specific conditions.


In normal circumstances a charge will be made for the authorisation of reproduction.  The scale of charges is currently as detailed on the attached sheet, but may be varied at any time, without prior notice.  If requested, a formal quotation for authority to reproduce will be given; such a quotation will be binding for a period of one month.


Payment of the agreed fee will give the purchaser the right to reproduce the image, in the agreed manner only, for a single print run (or production, as appropriate) of up to 3,000 copies. Larger or repeated print runs / productions will be subject to repeat fees, and require separate authorisation. Reproduction rights for television broadcast cover the period of five years from date of agreement, unless otherwise agreed.


Permission for online web publication or broadcast (including websites, podcasts, data streaming or downloads) has NOT been extended to the publisher identified in this agreement


The authority to reproduce images extends only to the initial applicant.  The authority given does not imply any right to the purchaser to authorise subsequent reproduction by a third party.  Similarly, the right to reproduce is not exclusive to any one applicant.


Unless otherwise stated in writing, each copy of an image reproduced will bear its acknowledgement to the University of St Andrews Library in the form "Courtesy of the University of St Andrews Library" and will also include each image’s unique identification number.  The acknowledgement shall be made in such a way that it can be identified with the individual images to which it applies.


A copy of any publication produced should be given to the University of St Andrews Library.

Special Collections for Groups

Learn about how we share our treasured collections with specialist groups and schools and how we use materials for teaching within the University.

Research enquiry?

If you need assistance with research, have a query about our collections, or would like to know about researching your family history please ask for our help.

Do you need reproductions?

Find out how you can get copies of books, manuscripts or photographs held within Special Collections.