Scan & Deliver service brings the Library to you

A new Scan & Deliver service, being piloted beginning on January 18, will allow UChicago faculty, students, and staff to request that articles and book chapters from the Library’s print collections be scanned and made available online.  Requested material will be made accessible within four business days.

Library users may make as many requests as they like, but the Library expects to be able to process no more than five requests per person each business day during the pilot period, depending on the overall volume of requests.  Scan & Deliver replaces a similar service called Gargoyle Express, which provided scans for a fee.  This new service is being launched at the request of faculty and staff.  Similar services are increasingly being offered at peer research institutions such as Harvard University.

The pilot will continue through June 2012 and is subject to modification as usage patterns emerge.  At the end of the pilot period, the Library will assess the value and sustainability of the service.  

How to request a scan

Library users can make requests by clicking on the Scan & Deliver link in Lens for items that are currently available from the Library.  If an item is checked out or otherwise unavailable, the material can be requested through Interlibrary Loan. For other requesting options see the Library Guide on Scan & Deliver.


Due to copyright guidelines established in consultation with University Legal Counsel, the Library will not scan more than:

  • a chapter or two from a book (amounting to no more than 20% of the entire book)
  • an article or two from a periodical or newspaper (amounting to no more than 20% of a single issue).

The copyright law of the United States (Title, 17 U.S. Code) governs the making of the photocopies or other reproductions of the copyright materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, library and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than in private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproductions for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. The University of Chicago Library reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order, if, in its judgment fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.


For information, visit our Library Guide on Scan & Deliver.

If you have additional questions or would like to provide feedback about Scan & Deliver, email