The following services are available to Bell Library researchers (also Wilson Rare):


Library staff will provide paper copies or low resolution digital scans of material when such duplication can be done without injury to the material and does not violate copyright restrictions or restrictions imposed by agreement with the donor. Copies are provided for the researcher's personal use only and are not to be transferred to another individual or institution without the permission of the James Ford Bell Library. Provision of copies does not constitute permission to publish (see below).

To request duplication, complete the "copy request" form located in the reading room and give it to a staff member.

Same-day service is possible, depending on the size of the order and staff availability; next-day service is the norm, but in some cases additional time will be needed. Please ask a staff member before placing your order. Duplication requests may also be made via email:

Duplication Costs

paper (b/w only; 8.5"x11" or 8.5" x 14")    60¢ per page
digital (color or b/w; jpg or pdf format)    $1.00 per page/image

City and state sales taxes apply for in-state orders; a shipping and handling fee will be applied if you request mail service. Contact a Bell staff member for particulars.

Digital Reproduction

Bell Library staff can arrange to have high resolution digital images made on your behalf by the University Libraries' Digital Library Services when such duplication can be done without injury to the material and does not violate copyright restrictions or restrictions imposed by agreement with a donor. Due to the use of special cameras and the nature of the material, scan prices may range from $5 to $25 with additional fees for processing and delivery and depending on whether you are a member of the U of M community. Contact a Bell Library staff member to discuss your order and obtain appropriate pricing. In most instances, you also will need to obtain permission to publish (see below).

To take digital pictures with your personal camera, contact a Bell staff member; permission will be granted on a case-by-case basis.

Permission to Publish

Permission to publish material from the Bell collection must be obtained in advance of publication and will require a contract with the University of Minnesota Libraries. Fees ranging from $25 to $500 per image may apply. Contact a Bell staff member for more information.


Inclusion of images from the Bell collection in class papers, theses, and dissertations does not constitute publication with respect to the fees noted above. However, see above with respect to the costs of duplication.

Reference & Research Services

Reference Services
Bell staff members are happy to provide reference services for both Bell collection and Wilson Rare materials. You may request information in person, by phone (612/624-1528) or by e-mail ( The time required to respond to your query will vary, depending on the nature of the information requested.

Research Services
The Bell Library currently does not offer research services. However, we will be happy to put you in touch with staff in an academic department who may be able to assist you.