BnF – Bibliothèque nationale de France


Conditions: in summary

  • Some commercial use of images may be free. There are two sources on the website: one says free, one says a charge
  • Non commercial use is definitely free
  • Images which are already digitised and online are available at high-res free of charge
  • If a reproduction charge is made, there is an 80% reduction for academic use
  • The more charged images are used, the greater the discount

There are two conflicting entries on the BnF site. To be perfectly sure before publication it is advised to contact the BnF directly.

The first conditions says:

‘All catalogue entries are made available free of charge, for any type of reuse, including commercial, with the obligation to quote the source, according to the principle of the Open License.’Licence ouverte  (

Conditions at

However there is a second, more detailed page that says differently. It is clear that in all cases,

‘The non-commercial use of the documents is free and free of charge in compliance with the legislation in force and in particular the maintenance of the mention of source: BnF or Bibliothèque nationale de France.’

It then goes on to say:

Fees and process for the use of documents

You want to use BnF documents in a publication, an audiovisual production, an exhibition, in any paid service or product, advertising or commercial media. These commercial uses are subject to an authorization and the payment of a fee, in addition to and independently of potential reproduction works of documents. (See section “Reproduction products and fees” and “How to order reproductions”). These uses of documents fall in the framework of the ordinance (law) n°2016-307 of March 17, 2016 (title II of book III in the code of relations between the public and the administration).

Non-commercial use of documents is open and free of charge in accordance with the legislation in force, especially the maintenance of the source of the document: BnF or Bibliothèque nationale de France.

Declare a commercial use

When you order reproductions, on estimate or online from Gallica or the Catalogue général, you will be submitted a question about your commercial use at the end of the purchase process, in case of a positive answer, an online declaration form will be submitted.

If you already have images, the declaration form below must be filled as soon as possible for any commercial use project. This form is also available in the section « Mes achats » of your personal account if you have one.

Pay the fee and get an authorization of use

The use fee can either (according to the customer’s choice) be paid after the declaration or upon publication which is based on the sending of a copy of the publication to the Reproduction department. According to the choice made in the declaration, you will obtain a temporary or final authorization of use.


This form has a price simulator so you can quickly get an assessment of your fee without validating it.

Commercial use fees

Detailed prices below are set per image unless otherwise stated. We remind you that potential reproduction works (technical charges) are invoiced independently.

Discounts are applied depending on the total number of images used in the same project:

  • from 10 to 19: -10%
  • from 20 to 29: -20%
  • from 30: negotiated fee
Book, Press and periodical (electronic version included)
Location Fee ex. VAT
Inside page 60 €
Vignette (smaller than 1/8 page) 30 €
Cover 180 €

An increase is applied in case of a distribution in several countries: +50%

However: **********- 80 % for academic publications************



BnF – Bibliothèque nationale de France

John Johnson Collection, Bodleian Libraries


A selection of images is available on their website. Full search is available through Pro-Quest with institutional access or a log-in on

Conditions: This one is a low cost service.

There are costs involved in providing the image but these are scaled to image size and quality


After that, ‘Reproduction is free of charge for theses and articles in academic journals and is reduced for academic monographs.’

Reproduction of images

If you have found an image or an item which you wish to reproduce, please contact the Librarian of the John Johnson Collection who will be able to check the shelfmark, give you the correct form of citation, supply the image file reference (where applicable) and check the copyright status of items not yet photographed.

When you have this information, you should complete the standard Imaging Services order form (PDF, 125kb). You must also complete an Application for Permission to Reproduce. There are separate forms for non-electronic reproduction (PDF, 79kb) and electronic reproduction (PDF, 45kb). Reproduction is free of charge for theses and articles in academic journals and is reduced for academic monographs. However, you must obtain permission prior to publication.

Full information is given at on the Bodleian’s Copyright pages.


John Johnson Collection, Bodleian Libraries

State Library of NSW



Except where otherwise noted, the Library’s datasets are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia license. Any projects using State Library of NSW data in any way should be released under this same CC BY 3.0 AU license.

For more information, you can see further definition of the Library’s copyright policies, or you can contact us at

Using the Library’s open data

“A piece of data or content is open if anyone is free to use, reuse and redistribute it – subject only, at most, to the requirements to attribute and/or share-alike.” (Source:

The Library is committed to providing open access to our data and collections for reuse and redistribution. On these pages we offer a selection of datasets and tools and we encourage the creative and innovative repurposing of these materials.

If there is a particular dataset you would like the Library to make available, please send your suggestions to

This service is provided as part of the NSW Government ICT Strategy’s Open Data Policy.


We encourage you to share your creations with us and the world. To do so please use hashtag #madewithslnsw on your social media channels. Any projects using State Library of NSW data should be released under a Creative Commons 3.0 (CC BY 3.0 AU) license.


Confirmation that all images are free to use for any purpose was confirmed in person by one of the curators.

State Library of NSW

The Lewis Walpole Library


Collection: The Lewis Walpole Library Digital Images Collection (commonly referred to as the “DL”) presents images of visual materials from Library’s collection. The majority of the Library’s world-renowned collection of English caricatures and political satirical prints from the late-seventeenth through the mid-nineteenth centuries are presented in the Digital Image Collection, including works by Gillray, Rowlandson, Woodward, Bunbury, and Newton, among others as well as the Library’s extraordinary collection of works by William Hogarth.

Prints, drawings, and watercolors related to Horace Walpole’s collection and house at Strawberry Hill are also represented, including several extra-illustrated editions of Walpole’s Description of the Villa, once owned by William Bawtree, Richard Bull, Thomas Kirgate, and Walpole himself as well as other volumes formerly in Walpole’s library such as his A Collection of Prints Engraved by Various Persons of Quality, and albums of drawings by his friends Richard Bentley and John Chute, as well as an Album of Drawings with natural history illustrations by Maria Sybilla Merian. Recent additions include selected portraits, including ones by George Vertue, and topographical views, several groups of prints known as the Cries of London (both those by Marcellus Laroon and those by Paul Sandby), and a selection of ephemera: trade cards, advertisements, invitations, and bookplates, ballads and broadsides, and many playbills from Londona and regional British theatres.


As per Yale in general. Free to reproduce if Yale/Lewis Walpole Library holds the copyright. Permission must be sought for material for which Yale does not hold the copyright.


The Lewis Walpole Library