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Photocopying service

The Library can provide photocopies of articles to Fellows and employees of Corporate Affiliates as well as non-members. Fellows and Corporate Affiliates should send us the appropriate Photocopy Request Form, which must be completed and signed in advance of copies being supplied, to comply with copyright regulations. Please select one of the forms below (non-members please contact the library before placing a request)

Forms may be emailed, posted or faxed to the Library on 020 7439 3470020 7439 3470

 About this service:

  • Copies can be posted anywhere in the world
  • Charges apply (see below)
  • The majority of requests will supplied within one/two days of receipt
  • Please read the guidance notes regarding copyright legislation (see below)
  • Initial enquiries regarding availability of material are welcomed and advice on copyright can be given


Minimum order charge: Fellows/Corporate Affiliates £5.00; Non-Fellows £10.00

Postage and packing (Royal Mail postage + £1) and VAT will be added to the total cost.

Size Fellows/Corporate Affiliates Non-Members
A4 (b/w)  20p  30p 
A3 (b/w)  30p  50p 
A4 (colour)  75p  £1.00 
A3 (colour)  £1.25  £2.00 
Pdf (where permitted)  £10.00  £20.00 
Obituaries  £5.00 £6.00 (Paper) £5.00 (pdf) 
Additional Charges
Copyright fee (commercial research) £12.30

Photocopying – Guidance Notes

You will need to select the appropriate form for your request, depending on whether your copies are required for the purposes of commercial research or for non-commercial research or private study. A copyright fee of £12.30 (+ VAT) will be levied for each 'commercial' copy requested, in addition to the normal copying charge. The fee will be passed on to a collecting agency operating on behalf of the rights holders/publishers.

Some copyright material will be exempt from this charge, e.g. publications for which the Geological Society holds the copyright and those publications in the ‘public domain’ e.g. U.S. Geological Survey publications. Library staff are prohibited from copying some material for commercial purposes and where possible we will loan this material for readers to consult. The Copyright Licensing Agency and the British Library have provided some guidelines on what constitutes commercial copying.

A form must be completed and signed for each article requested for private research copies. Commercial copy requests can also be sent by email. You may wish to fill in your name and address on your master copy before making further copies of the form. Please quote your membership number or the name of the Corporate Affiliate company on the form after your name. A contact telephone number is also useful in case there is a problem with your request.

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