Digitizing Images

You can scan almost anything you can put on the scanner glass, such as:

  • Photographs and flat art
  • Drawings and calligraphy
  • Line art
  • Bound document such as magazines and books


  • You cannot completely scan an item that is larger than 8.5" by 14".
  • You cannot scan items that weigh more than 4 pounds. Heavier items may scratch or break the glass.
  • It is illegal to scan certain official and copyrighted documents.


Scanning artwork and photographs can be broken down into four primary categories (All photos are scanned at 75 dpi):




Line Art

Copyright Regulations:


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