Image and Text Scanning

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Image scanning services (see bottom of page for text scanning) are available to faculty, staff and graduate students. Repository and Digital Curation can deliver images to patrons in various file formats and resolutions for electronic presentations, printing or archiving. 

This service is provided by Repository and Digital Curation. Please contact or 847-467-1080 for more information.  

We digitize images, documents, maps and manuscripts from books, slides, negatives and flat art. Images that have accompanying descriptive information can be cataloged by our staff and included in the Digital Image Library.  If you have a personal collection that you are willing to contribute to the Digital Image Library, please contact Nicole Finzer.

Turn around times:

  • 1-25 illustrations = 1 week
  • 26-50 illustrations = 2-3 weeks
  • 50+ illustrations = TBD (To process a request of this size, you will need to discuss your project with Nicole Finzer or Dan Zellner in order to determine when your request will be completed.)

Image requests: Please fill out the digitization request form (also available in the Repository and Digital Curation office). If you have any questions about the form, contact us at

**Please note: Turn around times could vary depending on current project load.

**Oversized images may require additional processing time.

Kirtas Book Scanning

The Kirtas scanner is used to scan entire books in the NUL collection. A significant portion of the books scanned with the Kirtas are prospective scanning projects and brittle books identified at the point of circulation. Repository and Digital Curation also oversees the scanning of books requested by NU faculty and staff that are meant to become part of the NUL digital repository.

Text requests: Please fill out the text digitization request form (also available in the Repository and Digital Curation office). Questions? Contact OR 847.467.1080

Warning concerning copyright restrictions

The Northwestern University Library respects the intellectual property rights of others. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish reproductions of copyrighted material. One of these specified conditions is that the reproduction is not to be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research. Requests for services are evaluated on this basis, and additional information about the use may be requested in order to determine whether one of the exemptions (typically those described in sections 107 or 108 of the copyright law) will authorize fulfilling it.