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Document Delivery

Copying service

The Library can provide Fellows, Corporate Affiliate members and non-members with physical (by post) and digital (emailed PDF) copies of articles for non-commercial research, and physical copies for commercial research.

Non-commercial / Private Research

Please send us the Copy Request Form for Non-Commercial Copies, which must be completed in advance of copies being supplied, to comply with copyright regulations. A separate form is required for each article requested. Please complete the form below and email to

Download the Copy Request Form for Non-Commercial Copies

Commercial Research

Please complete the Copy Request Form for Commercial Copies and email to  Alternatively, commercial requests can be sent in the body of an email, as a form is not essential.

Download the Copy Request Form for Commercial Copies


The Library can provide both non-commercial and commercial (UK only) copies for non-members. Please contact the library before placing a request.

    About this service:

    • Physical 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-Members £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)  40p
    A3 (colour)  60p
     Digital copies

    £5.00 + VAT 

    (per article up to 30 pages; £1 + VAT for each additional 10 pages) 

    £10.00 + VAT 

    (per article up to 30 pages; £1 + VAT for each additional 10 pages)  

    Additional Charges
    Copyright fee (commercial research) £15.00

    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 £15.00 (+ 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 for each article requested for non-commercial research.

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    Contact the Library and we might be able to locate it elsewhere or even buy it for the collection.