This pricing page provides a general guide to our standard services charges for when you order images of British Library collection items that you find in our catalogues. If you would like the British Library to digitise items from your own or your organisations collections, please contact us to obtain a quote.

We charge a set fee for the first image from an item – this includes the cost of retrieving the item, bringing it to the studio and checking that we can copy it. For each subsequent image from the same item, we charge a lower fee per image.

Electronic delivery, collection in person and standard delivery within the UK are all free, but for other delivery options you'll need to add a delivery charge to the price as well.

The prices below correspond to our products. Our prices change every August so keep an eye on this page to stay up to date.

For a discussion of prices for larger digitisation projects, please contact our Business Development team.  Specialist digitisation and bespoke orders will have a unique price and will be confirmed on request. 

Imaging prices for 2020/21 as of 1 August 2020

Digital Image for reference (scan)

£13.03  First image of each item

£0.48  Subsequent images from the same item

Digital image for reproduction (photography)

£23.27  First image of each item

£6.17  Subsequent images from the same item


£17.35  Existing microfilm as greyscale scans, per 100ft roll

£98.95  Existing microfilm as greyscale scans, per 1000ft roll

Express Service Delivery

£21.20  Express five day service


Standard method of delivery is electronic. If you the require the Express Service Delivery, please add a note in the Additional Information section of the order form. Please note that not all of our collection is available for Express Service Delivery. If you need another format please contact us.

*Effective from 1 August 2019. All Charges are exclusive of any relevant local taxes including, but not limited to, value added tax and/or any import or export tax..

**There is currently a large backlog with microfilm digitisation. This may result in your order taking longer than the stated time, please consider this when placing an order for microfilm digitisation. For further information, please contact us


When you submit your Imaging Services order online, we will confirm the details of your order before you pay. This will include an order reference number. You should make a note of this number so you can quote it if you get in contact with us about your order.


You can pay for your order by credit or debit card. We accept most major credit and debit cards. We will pre-authorise your card, but only take payment when your order goes into production in our studios.

For organisations who can’t pay by card, we can set up an account for you. British Library On Demand customers who already have a business account with us can quote their account number in the order form and their order will be charged through this account.


If our studios haven’t started to process your order, you can cancel your order free of charge. After we have started work you will be charged a cancellation fee of £20.