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Image Licensing

Images from the University of Edinburgh collections are regularly featured in academic articles, major publications, webpages and TV programmes. Explore our Image Licensing, Copyright, Citation, and Data Protection policies.

Image Licensing Guidelines

The use of images from the Centre for Research Collections falls under several versions of the Creative Commons License.  Click the link below to learn more about the specifics of our Image Licensing policies and processes, exceptions to the Creative Commons Licensing , and our takedown policy. 

Learn more on the Centre for Research Collections Imaging Licensing page

Copyright and Terms of Use

All reproduction from published material is subject to Copyright law. Information on specific circumstances can be found on the University Library's Copyright page.

Visit our Copyright and Terms of Use page


For Web Publishing 

USE Image Credit: Title (Catalogue Number/Shelfmark ID), Creator, Collection [if known], University of Edinburgh

OR Image Credit: Title [linked to Image Collections page] (Catalogue Number/Shelfmark ID) 



Example 1 - Unknown Collection: Image Credit: Greyfriars' Churchyard (Coll-1167), Creator: George Cattermole, University of Edinburgh

Example 2 - Known Collection: Image Credit: Greyfriars' Churchyard (Coll-1167), Creator: George Cattermole, Patrick Geddes Collection, University of Edinburgh

Example 3 - Direct Link: Image Credit: Greyfriars' Churchyard (Coll-1167) 

To double check the copyright status of the image you would like to use and for guidance on citation for print publications please contact the Centre for Research Collections at  

Data Protection and Personal Data (GDPR) 

The University of Edinburgh is committed to data protection by default and by design, and supports the data protection rights of all those with whom it works, including, but not limited to, staff, students, visitors, alumni and research participants. Personal information related to orders will not be kept on file after order completion, and waivers will be obtained for the use of any likenesses captured during documentation photography or video. 

View the University of Edinburgh's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Policy