Can I take photographs of British Library material myself?

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Yes, you are allowed to use your compact camera, tablet and or mobile phone to photograph some of our collections

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Not all items are available to photograph and preservation restrictions still apply. Photographs taken in the Reading Rooms are still subject to copyright, privacy and data protection legislation. The photographs must only be used for personal reference purposes, not for commercial purposes.

You can find out more information about applicable restrictions in the information about copying services at the St Pancras Reading Rooms. If in doubt, ask a member of Library staff for guidance. They will be on hand to advise if you are able to photograph something and help you take a photo without damaging the item.

Download our Self-service Photography Handout for more information and guidelines on how to take photographs of British Library collection material.