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Senate House Library

Digitisation Studio

The studio

Equipped with high-specification digital SLR cameras, flatbed archive scanners, and high-quality book scanners, the Digitisation Studio is able to produce colour-profiled and quality-assured high-resolution digital images to meet your requirements. 

Studio staff can undertake digitisation orders from our Special Collections, rare books, and multi-media archives, with the support of the Library’s professional conservators. We can also create digital images from external collections, both personal and institutional, as requested. 

Our services 

We recognise that every requirement is unique and we will work with you to develop a service tailored to your specific requirements. Incorporating any or all of the digitisation services we offer.


Responsibility for clearing copyrights for publication lies with the customer. Neither Senate House Library nor the Digitisation Service team take responsibility for this.


Please note that we charge an initial £10 fee for each order which covers the cost of retrieving and assessing any Special Collections items for capture. 

Quotes for large scale projects, or projects involving significantly fragile or unique materials, will be provided on an individual basis.

Prices below are per image:

Item Cost
600dpi image in JPEG, TIFF or PDF£6.00
300dpi image in JPEG, TIFF or PDF£3.00
200dpi image in JPEG, TIFF or PDF£1.25
Providing OCR for any image £0.80 

Placing an order

If you would like to order a digital reproduction from our collections, please complete the online order form at the bottom of this page. To find items, use the Senate House Library catalogue.  

For a no-obligation quote for a reproduction or a license, to publish an image provided by Senate House Library, please complete the order form below.  

Contact us

If you have any questions about the Digitisation Studio or the services we provide, please email

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