How to order reproductions
Our photography service provides reproductions of documents preserved at the Royal Library, provided that they are not in violation of copyright or conservation regulations.
You can obtain digital copies (tiff, jpeg or pdf), but also paper prints and microfilms. Each department decides independently on the appropriate reproduction method. Please note that the delivery time for reproductions of complete books (PDF file) is now up to 2 months.
Several reading rooms are equipped with photocopiers for occasional use. It is not possible to make scans or copies of documents from before 1850 or precious works. However, documents such as newspapers, manuscripts, rare books, etchings and folio volumes cannot be xeroxed.
Reproduction of complete documents (PDF)
Because of the high demand for PDF reproductions for which a complete document needs to be scanned, we are forced to increase the delivery time for these files to 2 months. The files are made with a specific type of scanner, which means that we can't temporarily increase our scanning capacity. Please note that the normal delivery time still applies for all other types of reproductions, including PDF files from microfilms. We apologise for the inconvenience.
Publishing a reproduction (copyright)
Would you like to publish the reproductions that you requested? These are subject to copyright and for this you need to request the permission of the Royal Library. By ‘publish’, we mean, among other things, their use in books, documentaries, films, posters or online, but also in exhibitions.
In certain cases, you can obtain an exemption from the payment of copyright. State your reason for requesting an exemption clearly.
Any reproduction activity implies that an invoice of minimum 2,50 EUR is made. For urgent work (max. 5 working days) the fee is doubled. This is only possible for orders up to a total amount of maximum € 200.
Please read the reproduction and copyright regulations carefully.
- Invoicing: +32 (0)2 519 55 66
- Photography service: +32 (0)2 519 55 67
Do you have a question regarding a collection item? Please contact the department that has the document.