Information about fine art prints

Find out about the types of paper and ink the Library uses to produce high-quality prints of collection images.

What are fine art prints?

The Library's fine art prints are high-quality digital prints of images from the Library's collections, including photographs, paintings and maps.

They're produced on acid-free archival paper and are suitable for framing and display.

A note about sizing

Original material from the Library's collections varies in proportion. We print the images as large as possible on international standard ‘A' sized papers, allowing a slight border for mounting and framing.

The paper we use

The Library uses Canson's Arches BFK Rives 310gsm paper. This exceptional French product is one of the world's best mould-made traditional printmaking papers.

It's ideal for fine art prints and photographs and gives them a prestigious appearance. It has a soft, supple feel and a natural white tone obtained without the use of optical brightening agents.

Details about the paper:

  • 310gsm weight
  • 100% rag
  • mould-made (the finest and oldest paper-making technique)
  • compatible with pigmented and dye inks
  • dries instantly
  • water resistant
  • no optical brightening agents – this ensures consistency of shades for generations
  • meets gallery and museum longevity requirements
  • meets the ISO 9706 standard
  • internally buffered to resist gas fading and maximise the conservation of your prints
  • acid-free certified to avoid paper degradation.

The inks we use

Epson UltraChrome inks have been developed for the latest generation of commercial inkjet printers. They're extremely high-performance colour inks designed for professional photographic, graphic arts and proofing applications.

They have high pigment density and feature a resin coating for each particle for more stability. This produces prints of an even surface and gloss and which are highly stable on a wide variety of media.

Details about the inks

  • high level of colour stability
  • low level of metamerism ensures that colour change under different light conditions is minimised or eliminated
  • print on a wide variety of media while maintaining outstanding lightfastness
  • deliver twice the density of our conventional pigment inks and reproduce a larger gamut of colour and deeper blacks
  • high level of resistance to water and wear.

Ordering fine art prints