Digitisation services

Video wall illustrating the water cycle

A section of the giant video wall illustrating the water cycle in the Ecology gallery at the Natural History Museum, London

If you’re unable to visit the Library and Archives in person, we offer a cost-effective on-demand digitisation service. If you place a digitisation order with us, we will do our best to supply you with a digital or print copy of the item you need.


  • £12 plus VAT for orders up to 30 pages
  • 50p per extra page for orders of more than 30 pages
  • if you require a physical copy of the material, there will be an additional charge to cover postage (first-class within the UK and airmail for international orders)


  • If the item is still under copyright, we can only supply one chapter/article or up to 10 per cent of the total work, depending on the item’s characteristics.
  • Copies of items may only be used for non-commercial purposes. See the Library and Archives intellectual property terms and conditions for more information.
  • If an item is particularly fragile and at high risk of being harmed during the digitisation process, we will be unable to fulfil your order. 

How to order a digital copy of an item

1.       Search the Library and Archives collection to find the item or part of item you wish
          to have copied.

2.       Complete and sign a digitisation order form (PDF 120KB) and email it to us at      

3.       We aim to send out the item within 10 working days.

4.       Documents over 10MB will be sent to customers via a link to Dropbox.

5.       You will be billed on delivery of the item. Please note that we expect full payment
          within 10 days of receipt of the work. See our invoice document (PDF 112KB) for
          accepted payment methods.

If you require a large volume of material or an expedited service, please contact us before submitting your order.