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Copying Service

There are no public photocopiers in the Department of Early Printed Books and Special Collections but a paid scanning service is provided.


Scanning is done once a day. Although every effort is made to fill requests as quickly as possible it can take several days at busy times.

However, staff reserve the right to refuse any request for any reason, particularly if it does not comply with copyright regulations or if it would cause or increase damage to the material.

Large quantities and digital delivery must be paid for in advance.


If the material is out of copyright and in good condition, readers may use their own camera, provided the images are for private use. A permission form must be filled in and authorised by Library staff.

If the reproduction is for publication, separate written permission must be obtained from the Keeper of Early Printed Books and Special Collections.

The Department offers a professional photography service for readers who require high quality reproductions for use in publications, exhibitions or for personal use. Photography orders are processed in the reading room and an appointment is then made with the relevant photographer. Staff aim to have the order complete and dispatched within one working week but on occasions it can take longer, particularly if it is a request that requires special film or development procedures or in the event of the photographer being unavailable.

The following photographic formats are available:

  • Prints in black and white or colour
  • Slides
  • Digital images on CD
  • Digital prints and slides
  • Transparencies (requires special film)

Ordering photographs is straightforward:

  • Explain requirements to staff at the EPB counter
  • Readers will be given the relevant form to complete and advised on timescale and cost

For more information contact Simon Lang (telephone +353 1 8961172) - readers are asked to, if possible, forward requests directy to Simon.

Readers are requested to place orders before 17:00 when departmental staff hand over to evening duty staff; while orders can be left in up until closing time the person on duty may not be able to deal with relevant queries.