Our copyright policy

Timetable World is an archive of historical material, made available to researchers and hobbyists on the same basis that would apply to visitors viewing a book in a public library or archive –

  • No charge is made for standard access
  • The item can be viewed for personal, non-commercial research purposes. Widespread printing and copying is not permitted
  • Requests for reproduction will be considered individually, based on the licences Timetable World has acquired.

The duration of copyright protection varies around the world, and public and private operators are often subject to different rules. Some items may have been published in countries that no longer exist. Most items are likely to be orphaned, meaning that no-one claims ownership, even if it theoretically exists. For these reasons, our approach is to make material available, and seek consent where a likely owner can be identified. We will only use scans taken from original documents, not published reprints. We operate a take-down policy if permission is legitimately refused.

We think this is a fair and reasonable way of providing a voluntary service for the public benefit.

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Your rights

Copyright holders

Copyright holders should consider the benefit this website provides for historical research. It is not commercial and there is no financial gain to anyone that contributes. If after doing so you still believe your rights are being unfairly infringed by the website please contact us via the main email address to allow us to apply our takedown policy to rectify the situation.


You are welcome to take screen grabs of most parts of the website, but please always help the project by crediting any public use you make of them. Contact us if you want to check the copyright status for publication and to obtain the best scans available. The freedom to copy does not apply to text and images where a copyright symbol is shown, indicating someone else owns it.

Using automated software tools to download large quantities of images would be unreasonable. Ask – and we’ll see what we can do.