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Reader Services Fees

Find out more about the fees for our Reader Services

Update on Reader Services - 9 July 2021

From 12 July 2021 we will offer a Remote Copy Order Service. This is an interim service offer as we undertake a phased reopening. For more details, please see our Reading Room page.

Service restrictions:

Due to limited staff capacity and building access, as well as expected pent up demand, the service will have interim restrictions:

  • Orders may take up to six weeks to complete.
  • There will be a cap on the size of orders and a limit on orders per person per month.
  • We reserve the right to suspend this service at times of high demand.
  • And, usual copying restrictions will apply relating to fragility and copyright.

We hope these restrictions will allow us to equitably meet the needs of our users at this difficult time. These restrictions are under constant review and will reduce as soon as capacity and demand allows.

Copies of material will be supplied electronically or in hardcopy. This will be decided via user preference and in consideration of fragility and legislative or contractual compliance.

Services & Fees:


Photocopies or digital images (non publication quality)**
Copy of one item*only of up to ten sheets/images. Conditions: limited to one order per person per month.

Reading Room resource checks
Check of one resource (e.g. Street Directory, card catalogue) for up to twenty minutes; includes any associated copying. Conditions: limited to one order per person per month.


Photocopies or digital images (non publication quality)**
Copy of up to ten items* of up to fifteen sheets/images per item (or equivalent number of images) . Photocopies: 50p per A4 sheet (b&w), 75p per A3 sheet (b&w), 75p per A4 (colour), £1 per A3 sheet (colour) + £5 handling fee per item + P&P. Digital copies: 50p per image + £5 handling fee per item. Conditions: limited to 10 items per person per month.

Fixed price photocopies
Copy of one RSC prompt book at £85 inc. P&P; copy of whole RSC Programme at £8 + P&P. Conditions: limited to one prompt book per person per month and 10 programmes per person per month.


*‘Item’: library items are single publications; archive items are the smallest unit of description and their Level is designated as ‘Item’ or ‘File’ on our Online Catalogue.

**Non publication quality’: these are low resolution photographs taken for remote reference purposes and are not intended for reproduction. For professional publication quality, and commercial use, please contact [email protected]

To place an order: please see the steps outlined on our Reading Room page.

If you have queries or other requests, please contact: [email protected]

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