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In the advanced search option what do your image numbers refer to?

A Animal health collection
AS Child birth
B Biomedical collection
C Corporate image collection
D Virtual library/moving image and sound
FP Child development
L Wellcome Library collection
M Library past and present and old Wellcome museum collection
N Clinical collection
S Slide collection
V Iconographic/painting collection
W International health collection

How do I submit a new image to the collection?

At this time, as we are changing how the image library works, so, we are not accepting new images into the overall collections.

How do I submit an image to the Wellcome Image Awards?

Submissions to the Wellcome Image Awards are not open at the moment. Wellcome is reviewing the successes and future development of the Wellcome Image Awards. More information on this will follow later this year. In the meantime, to find out more about the current Wellcome Image Awards visit the website.

How do I get access to the restricted clinical images?

At this time, as we are changing how the image library works, we are not granting access to the restricted clinical collection to new users.

What does copyright mean?

Copyright gives legal protection to creators of works for a limited period of time so that during that period they can safely exploit their works without fear of infringement.

What are out Terms of Use?

To find out about our Terms of Use, please click the following link:

Terms of Use

What is a free image?

All our images are free of charge. This is usually under a CC0, CC-BY, CC-BY-NC licence.

We have made every effort during this period of transition to ensure that all remaining images in our collection meet these new requirements. If you have any feedback on anything you see in our library that doesn't meet these expectations, let us know

How is the copyright in the images protected?

All the images on the site are invisibly watermarked, identifying them as Wellcome Images. This enables us to prove the provenance of any images which are used inappropriately.

Each image holds identifying, credit and catalogue information in its IPTC header. The IPTC is the International Press Telecommunications Council.

What happens to my personal details as a WI user?

Wellcome Images will not share your information with third parties without users' consent. However, we will store the following information for internal purposes: the domain name from which you access the internet, the date and time you access our site, terms entered into our search engine, and the internet address of the website from which you direct-linked to our site. This information is used to measure the number of visitors to the various sections of our site and to help us make our site more useful to our visitors.

From time to time, we may ask for further information about you (such as your name, job title, postal address, telephone, fax number and email address) as part of online surveys/services. This information will be used to enable us to improve our website. It may also be used occasionally to inform you about important changes to the website and its functionality. We will always provide an opt-out clause for this usage of the data.

If you choose to provide us with personal information, as in an email message, Wellcome Collection will use this information to respond to your request. There might be times when your email is forwarded within Wellcome Collection to employees who are better able to assist you.

The Wellcome Trust regards the lawful and correct treatment of personal information as very important and is fully committed to the principles of data protection, as set out in the Data Protection Act 1998.

This does not affect your statutory rights.

How do I make a suggestion or give feedback?

We endeavour to provide our customers with the best possible service at all times. However, if you do have a comment or a suggestion about our service we would like to hear from you. Please email us at library@wellcome.ac.uk.

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