Full-book Digitization Service for General Collections

As part of our preservation mission, the University of Chicago Library's Preservation Department accepts requests from the University community and from the public to digitize rarely held volumes in our general collections that are in the public domain, whenever the condition of the physical piece allows us to do so.

Because our resources are limited, this service is primarily designed to handle single-book requests of one or two volumes, or no more than 1,000 pages.

Requests for newspapers or large serial runs, and conversion from microforms are not eligible for this service.

Placing a Full-book Digitization Request:

Requests for full-book digitization of items in our general collections must be placed using the Full-book Digitization Request Form.

*To request the full-book digitization of items located in our Hanna Holborn Gray Special Collections Research Center, please consult their Request Scans webpage.

Further Information About This Service:


Requests will only be considered for items that are in the public domain as defined by United States copyright law.



Technical Specifications

Digitized works are provided as PDFs via our public catalog.

Turn-Around Time

Turn around times will be communicated via email if the order is accepted. Digital orders for single volumes are generally filled within 6-8 weeks, although the size and condition of the book may require a longer turn-around time. Turn-around time for multi-volume requests will vary depending on the size of the request. We are unable to provide custom or rush orders.


Please contact us if you have additional questions.
Email pres-questions@lib.uchicago.edu

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