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Digitization Services

Our Repository and Digital Curation team provides image and text scanning services for faculty, staff and graduate students. A number of file formats and resolutions are available for electronic presentations, printing or archiving. 

To make a digitization request contact and provide details concerning format, number of items, nature of use and the date needed by.  Depending on a variety of factors like format of originals, quantity of items, and current workloads, not all requests may be accommodated. Larger scale projects also related to teaching, learning, and research support require coordination but can be accommodated. 

Request reformatting

Please fill out the Digitization Request Form and drop it off with the original materials in our main office 2610 on University Library's Level 2 East.

Please note: Materials that belong to a specific library (ex. Music Library or Herskovits) need to be requested by contacting the given library directly. Learn about  copies and permissions from our distinctive collections.

Warning concerning copyright restrictions

Copyright Statement

Northwestern University Libraries provides access to its holdings for educational, personal, and non-commercial use. Materials held by Northwestern University Libraries may be protected by United States Copyright Law and/or by the copyright laws of other countries. Copyright law protects unpublished as well as published materials. At its discretion, the Libraries may make limited copies of materials that are still within their term of copyright, provided the copies become the property of the user and no further use or distribution is made without permission from the copyright holder.

Written permission from the copyright holders and/or other rights holders is required for publication, distribution, reproduction or other use of protected items beyond that allowed by fair use. Publication includes, but is not limited to, print, film, slide presentation, video, television, and electronic transmission, including transmission via posting on a web site.

To use either published or unpublished materials from our collections in a publication, requesters must determine whether the work has passed into the public domain and is no longer under copyright protection, or find the copyright holder and obtain permission to reproduce the material. The Libraries will neither facilitate nor execute these requests, nor will it provide publication permission for materials whose term of copyright has expired.

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