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The National Library of Wales owns, generates and uses works that are protected by copyright. When collecting, preserving and providing access to those works, it is important that rights are managed appropriately. All efforts are made to ensure that our approach to copyright is diligent and balanced, and that we act in good faith at all times.

If you hold rights in a work displayed on the website and object to its use, you can request its removal by writing to Your request will be processed in accordance with our Notice and Takedown Policy. If you know of any instances where copyright owners are not correctly acknowledged please inform us via our Enquiries Service so that we can make the necessary changes.

We aim to present rights information on our website both clearly and concisely and we kindly ask that you respect the rights associated with the items.

More information about the Library's management of Intellectual Property Rights can be found in the Intellectual Property Rights Policy.

Digital Collections

All items within the digital collections belong to one of the following categories:

Copyright Copyright
Public Domain Mark Public Domain Mark
Unknown Copyright Unknown Copyright
CC Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike
CC Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives CC Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives

Rights information for specific items and collections will be updated in due course to reflect this new framework for licensing and labelling digital collections and other content.

Ordering high resolution copies and requesting uses that are otherwise restricted

You can request a licensed high resolution copy or permission to use an item in a way that is restricted on the website by completing the Online Enquiries Form.

Please note that you may need permission from the copyright holder(s) before we can supply a copy.

Metadata and other textual information

Metadata (information about the collections) and other textual information that the Library has written for the website is licensed under a CC-0 licence and are free of copyright restrictions. We would appreciate if you would give credit to the Library as the source of the information where possible.

Please note that not all of the metadata and other textual information on the website has been written by the National Library of Wales and that some may be subject to third party rights. If you would like more clarity regarding which data can be used under the CC-0 licence, please contact us using the Online Enquiries Form.