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The Library offers multiple options for self-service scanning of photos, documents, etc.:
For information about assistance with major scanning projects see the Digitization Facility.
For large document-feeder jobs, see also Central Printing.
1. Resolution: Higher resolution means bigger file size, which can make a document/file hard to handle. Choose only as high a resolution as you need. If you plan to use the pages online only, you probably don't need higher than 100-150 dpi (dots per inch). If you plan to print your scan, choose the highest resolution available.
2. Use grayscale, not black and white, for low contrast items like pencil on paper.
Questions to consider when choosing which equipment to use to scan your material:
1. Do you have a USB key with you to download to, or do you need to upload/email the scanned material somehow?
2. Can your material be fed into an ADF "automatic document feeder" (a sheaf of loose, clean pages or photos) or will you need to hand-turn pages (e.g., a bound book)?
3. Do you want the scanning process to convert your document to a searchable PDF? (explanation)
4. Is the item you wish to scan bigger than 8.5" x 14"?
|output to USB or email||either but usb best||either but email best|
|automatic document feed or bound spine||best for bound spine||best for clean (unripped) loose pages|
|convert to searchable PDF||yes||yes|
|maximum size of original||19"x14"||11"x17"|