Copyright and reproducing map images from this website

We encourage re-use of the Library's map images based on certain conditions of use. We have different terms of use depending on whether you intend to make:

  1. Non-commercial, educational or private use of images; or
  2. Commercial use of images
    However, we do not have complete rights over all images on this website, so there are some
  3. Exceptions

These terms are specific to our Map images website.

1. Non-commercial, educational and private use of map images

You are welcome to use most images displayed on the Maps website for non-commercial, educational and private purposes under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC-BY-NC-SA) licence. This includes use in a free exhibition or lecture, or in a university thesis.

Use is conditional on provision of attribution. Please apply the credit line 'Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland' wherever you re-use map images. If you create derivative work, the documentation of your work must contain this attribution.

For online publications, we request that your attribution includes a link to our Map images website.

2. Commercial use of map images

You must obtain written permission to reproduce or use our images commercially, whether in hard copy or electronic form. Depending on the purpose, there may be permission fees to pay. If you are unsure whether your use is commercial or non-commercial, or if you have other queries relating to reproduction, please see the Library’s permissions webpages or contact us.

Please note that our definitions of ‘commercial’ and ‘non-commercial’ re-use have changed since we originally agreed re-use terms with certain third parties. Therefore, some of the collections listed as Exceptions below are available under a more restrictive definition of’ commercial’ re-use. Please contact us for more information.

3. Exceptions

The terms above do not extend to:

The following more general categories:

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