Our image ordering service is on hold!

Due to unprecedented demand, we have placed a temporary pause on new imaging orders.

Our digitisation staff are back in the studio, but following government COVID-19 guidelines, we have adjusted our workflows and processes in order to maintain staff safety. Due to the high number of orders and reduced staffing we have now reached capacity and will not accept new orders for a limited time. 

We will update you again when the order form is live again. Thank you for bearing with us as we adjust to new ways of working. 

Images of some of our collections are already digitised and available for delivery straight away, please contact our Customer Service team for more information.

For copies of contemporary research content, such as journal articles and book chapters, please use British Library On Demand.

Our Services

We offer a wide range of specialist digitisation services, including:

High Quality Printing (PDF Download)

Location Photography (PDF Download)

Metadata Enrichment (PDF Download)

Multi Spectral Assessment (PDF Download)

Personal Collections (PDF Download)

Specialist Scanning Services (PDF Download)

3D Imaging (PDF Download)

What you need to know

Bulk digitisation

Find out how our digitisation experts can help you and your organisation digitise your archives

Ordering images

All you need to know about ordering scans or photographs of British Library collection items

Specialist digitisation

We have specialist expertise in handling a range of material types and managing complex preservation requirements

News

Coronavirus notice

26 May 2020

To keep our users and all our staff safe and healthy we’ve taken the decision to close our physical sites in London and Boston Spa for the time being, and suspend our public events.

British Library digitises 600-year old Malmesbury Bible

23 October 2019

The Friends of Malmesbury Abbey commissioned the British Library to digitise four volumes of its bible, known as the Malmesbury Bible, this summer. Malmesbury had one of the most important libraries in Europe in the Middle Ages and was home to 12th-century historian and monk William of Malmesbury.

Accessing British Library online content and services

19 March 2020

We’re gradually reopening our spaces to keep everyone safe, but we’re always open online.

Case studies

…“Thanks to the British Library and the West Bank Heritage Trust, priceless photos, correspondence and fascinating items from my great, great, great, grandfather’s travels and life have been preserved for everyone to view.” Antony James Backhouse Lambert, James Backhouse family member …

West Bank Park Heritage Trust commissioned us to digitise and preserve the priceless 19th century scrapbook of James Backhouse, a Quaker missionary, botanist and nurseryman who documented, amongst other things, Australian plant specimens

…"In addition to being a source for rare material, the British Library’s scanning services are excellent, producing high-quality images to the specifications we require" Paul Waldock, ProQuest…

In addition to being a source for rare material, the British Library’s scanning services are excellent, producing high-quality images to the specifications we require, thereby enabling projects to move forward in a smooth and efficient way

…"We were delighted with the British Library service offering onsite photography at our convenience: it was efficient and enjoyable, and produced the most beautiful images." John Sunderland, Friends of Malmesbury Abbey…

Malmesbury and its Abbey, had one of the most important libraries in Europe in the Middle Ages, and the famous historian William was from Malmesbury. The Friends of Malmesbury Abbey commissioned the British Library to digitise four volumes of the bible, known as the Malmesbury Bible earlier this summer.