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Library Services and Charges


The Library is open to members of the public, as well as to members of the Whitby Literary and Philosophical Society, for research during Library opening hours when Library staff will be available to assist. Members of the Society are allowed to borrow books (excluding those designated as for reference only.)

We welcome donations to help with the costs of running the Library, including the funding of new acquisitions and the conservation of existing items.

To ensure that items from the Library collection will be available it is advisable to contact us before visiting. Making an appointment will allow us to have material ready for you. Please contact us by email (library@whitbymuseum.org.uk), phone (01947 602908) or by post at Library and Archive, Whitby Museum, Pannett Park, Whitby, YO21 1RE.

Library staff will carry out thirty minutes of research free of charge if required, and this should be arranged in advance. Please note that any further research will be liable to a charge that must be paid before any more work is carried out.

We are able to photocopy, photograph and digitally scan documents. Any copying will be carried out in accordance with Copyright law, and is subject to completion of a Copyright declaration form.



(carried out by Library Staff)
   All items                                          A4 - 40 p per page
                                                      A3 - 80 p per page

   Oversize items (i.e. larger than A3) difficult to photocopy
   in sections (maps, wills, deeds, etc.)           £10.00 per hour pro rata
                                                e.g.  5 min - £0.75
                                                     10 min - £1.50
                                                     15 min - £2.25

   Colour photocopying is available, for which there will be an extra charge and
   will be agreed in advance.


A minimum fee for scans sent by email: £5.00 for up to 10 images, we will require the fee in advance with a signed copyright form.

   In house scanning                                          £0.80


   Free to members
   £5.00 unlimited use - or 40p per single photograph

Research fee

       Research carried out by Library Staff         £10 per hour
       After the first hour time is
          charged in 1/2 hourly intervals at         £ 5 per 1/2 hour

       There is a minimum charge of £10 for research

The research fee covers the time spent on the search and not the results. We cannot guarantee that the information requested will be found.

Postage & Packing

UK We use 2nd class unless otherwise specified and charge at cost plus packing

Overseas postage is estimated at cost plus packaging and posting

All charges must be pre-paid for postal/email/telephone research requests.

Please make any (sterling only) cheques payable to Whitby Literary & Philosophical Society.


Image Reproduction Charges

Persons or institutions wishing to reproduce images belonging to the Whitby Literary & Philosophical Society are invited to download our Application & Licence for Print Publication which contains all the necessary information.