Information Services

Statement of Public Task

Edinburgh University Library's Statement of Public Task

Edinburgh University Library is subject to the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 (PSI Regulations).

The public task of Edinburgh University Library, under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations, consists of the principal activity outlined below:

  • to provide permission to use digital copies of manuscripts, documents, and objects in our collections for re-use in publications or through other media.

Re-use of the digital images can enhance teaching, research, instruction, publication, and public understanding and enjoyment.


The University’s museum and archival collections are not covered by the PSI Regulations.  For administrative convenience, Edinburgh University Library has decided to apply the same terms and conditions to both library materials and the archival and museum collections it holds for the University.

Requests for re-use of information

If you wish to apply for access to our information under the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations please see our image licensing webpages.

The Public Sector Information Regulations only govern the re-use of information. To obtain copies of personal data, or other information held by the University of Edinburgh, please make a Subject Access Request or a Freedom of Information Request (

Pricing structure for re-use of information

Pricing for re-use of digitised materials varies according to their size and type.  Standard prices are available online, and others can be provided on request.  Many digitised images are available for free online at and Where information has already been provided for re-use in a particular manner, then the cost for re-use in the same manner will be the same.

Right to refuse

Edinburgh University Library reserves the right to refuse requests for re-use of information under the Directive where valid exceptions apply. Should this occur, the reason for refusal will be clearly explained, along with details on how to appeal that decision.

Review of Public Task Statement

This statement is reviewed biennially and is due to be considered again in 2017. If you have any queries on this public task statement, or a complaint about Edinburgh University Library under the Re-use Regulations, you can submit them to the Director of Library and University Collections.


Date: September 2015