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Rules about copying manuscripts, archival material, rare and early-printed editions

Copying of fragments of manuscripts, archival materials and early-printed editions (15th–18th centuries) is made only upon presentation of an application from an institution, at which you work or study. An application must be written on a headed note-paper (of an institution), signed by head of institution and sealed.

Manuscripts, archival materials and early-printed editions (15th–18th centuries) can be scanned with the use of the Library’s equipment, or digitized, photographed and filmed with your equipment. Copying is made inside the Library only, under supervision of an employee of the Bibliology Department, providing safety of copied documents.

Rare editions of the 19th century can be scanned only, rare editions of the 20th century and documents from the deposit collection can be photocopied or scanned (optionally) with the use of the Library’s equipment, or reproduced with your equipment. The service is paid and is provided inside the Library only, under supervision of an employee of the Bibliology Department, providing safety of copied documents. Advance booking is required. Scanning of parts of manuscripts, archival materials and early-printed editions of the 15th–18th centuries, rare editions of the 19th–20th centuries and documents from the deposit collection takes 3 days at the most.

It is allowed to copy up to 10 sheets of manuscripts, archival materials and old printed editions of the 15th–16th centuries, up to 20 sheets of early-printed editions of the 17th–18th centuries, up to 40 sheets of rare editions of the 19th–20th centuries and documents from the deposit collection. Copying of the whole document is forbidden. Fragile and time-worn documents can’t be copied.

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