SOAS University of London

SOAS Library

Making Copies


We do not offer a photocopying service, and self-service photocopying of archives, manuscripts or rare books is not permitted for conservation and security reasons. Please contact staff in Special Collections for further details.

Self-Service Photography

Readers are welcome to bring a camera with them when visiting us so that they can take copies of Special Collections material for non-commercial research. The only restrictions we place on taking photographs are that:

  • they comply with copyright law.
  • they are taken with the permission of the Supervisor on duty in the Special Collections Reading Room.
  • the photography does not interfere with or disturb other readers in any way.

Please speak to a member of staff in the Special Collections Reading Room before taking any photographs. There is no charge for self-service photography.

For conservation reasons, we do not permit the use of scanners or flash photography. You may, however, use mobile phones to take pictures providing these are set to silent mode and are not used to make phone calls within the Special Collections Reading Room.

Photography Service

Unfortunately, Special Collections, SOAS Library is currently not able to offer a photography or scanning service for offsite users.


Where archive collections are viewed on microfiche, images from these microfiche can be printed out on the microfiche reader-printers in the main library, as long as this complies with copyright law. Please speak to staff in the Special Collections Reading Room for further details.