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Document Delivery Service & Images


Copyright laws apply to all forms of reproduction. As a general rule, copyright expires after 70 years after the death of the author of a book. Please note that you must abide by the following rules for copyrighted material reproduced for your own private use:

The limits for fair dealing copying from any one publication are generally accepted to be:

bosmina one article from any one issue of a journal (even if that one article is the whole issue)

bosmina one chapter or up to 5% (whichever is greater) of a book or similar publication

bosmina up to 10% of a short book of up to 200 pages (Library Association guidelines)

bosmina one poem or short story of up to 10 pages from an anthology

bosmina the report of one case in law reports


Please ask Library staff if you wish to photocopy any material. Not all material is suitable for copying, due to age, size or condition, so please check with staff first.

Photocopies cost 10p per page for A4, and 20p per page for A3.

Colour-photocopying is 50p for A4 and £1 for A3.

Own photography

Own images may only be taken by permission and at the discretion of Library staff. Copyright legislation applies to all copyrighted material (as a general rule, copyright expires after 70 years after the death of the author of a book).

An Image Permissions Form has to be completed for all photography (even if the material is out of copyright and for your own private use only). Please ask a member of staff.

Flash may not be used to photograph any of the Library’s material.

Document Delivery Service

In order to require a scan of a paper, book chapter, or report held by the library, a request form must be filled in. Each form will pay for one photocopied paper (in line with copyright).

Request Forms cost:

bosmina £3 for FBA members

bosmina £5 for non-members

A copyright declaration will need to be signed and filled. Under the current copyright legislation, the FBA can only provide copies of documents for research for a non-commercial purpose or private study.

Images for publication

For use of reproductions from our collections in publications, for other commercial uses and / or online, an Images Permission Form must be completed.

Applications must include a statement of the purpose for which the reproductions are wanted, including details of publisher and author of any intended book, article web publication or merchandise.

The FBA reserves the right to refuse permission to publish.

Charges vary depending on the size of the image, print run and geographical range of the publication. Please contact Library staff for more detail.

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