You are welcome to use the maps in the National Library of Scotland collection and any digital images or other copies you obtain from us for your personal research.
You must obtain written permission in advance to reproduce any material from the National Library of Scotland's collections. Acknowledgement should be to 'National Library of Scotland'.
Using our maps
The most common reasons we are contacted regarding permission to reproduce maps are for the use of maps in:
- Books, journals and pamphlets
- Exhibitions and events
- Desk-based assessments
- Film and television.
We are happy to discuss any requests to reproduce our maps, and to arrange permission for this.
Contact us in writing or by email with details of how you wish to use our maps. If you can complete our application form (PDF) (53 KB; 1 page), this will ensure that we have all the necessary details to arrange permission for you.
Depending on how you wish to use our map images, and if this is for commercial purposes, we may charge a reproduction permission fee.
Making copies for your clients
Organisations who wish to make further copies of maps for their clients should apply for permission.
We offer an annual permission licence for companies wishing to include extracts of historical maps in short print run reports for clients.
The fee for this is £100 plus VAT and covers copies for internal use and for unpublished reports for clients.
Please contact us for further details of this licence.