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What is ScanIt?

ScanIt is a service for Cornell students, faculty and staff that provides electronic scans of articles and book chapters from material held by Cornell University Library. The Ithaca campus libraries provide this service to all Cornell faculty, students, and staff regardless of location.

Is there a fee for ScanIt?

The fee for scans of articles from most collections held by Cornell University Library is $4.00 for up to 30 pages.

Scans of material held in the Library Annex are always free. Articles obtained on Interlibrary Loan for titles not held in the Cornell Library are always free. Other instances where articles are free:

  • On-campus patrons who are permanently or temporarily disabled.
  • You are away from campus doing research or you work in an off-campus Cornell office, e.g. faculty and staff at the Geneva Experiment Station.

If you believe you are eligible for a fee exemption please indicate the reason in the "notes" field of your request upon submission.

How do I pay for articles that are not exempt from the fee?

Payment is accepted securely online via MasterCard or Visa credit card. Payment is made once the article is available for viewing. Departmental account charges can also be accepted by contacting the staff in your nearest interlibrary loan processing unit.

What items can be scanned?

  • Articles from journals, conference proceedings and newspapers
  • Book chapters
  • Parts of musical works
  • Parts from manuscripts
  • Pamphlets
  • Documents from CDs
  • Microform material held at the Library Annex

Materials not available for scanning:

  • Microform items held by any other library except the Library Annex
  • Items held in the Division of Rare and Manuscripts including Cornell theses and dissertations (contact them directly)
  • Items on course reserve
  • Items already available electronically
  • Items restricted by copyright policy
  • Maps

How soon can I expect my article?

Most ScanIt requests are available in about 48 hours; however, we cannot guarantee a 48 hour turnaround time.

What are the limitations on scanning?

  • We must adhere to copyright fair use guidelines in providing articles and book chapters through ScanIt.
  • Articles are provided for the purpose of private study or research. Any other use may require the permission of the copyright owner. It is the responsibility of the requestor to comply with all applicable copyright laws.
  • We can only provide one article or chapter from a book or single issue of a journal at a time.
  • The Library Annex will scan up to 50 pages.
  • Documents are scanned at 300 dpi, black and white, but color is available upon request. Note that images are not generally print-quality.

How do I place a request?

Log into Interlibrary Loan and ScanIt using your NetID and password. The first time you use this service you will have to register. The first time you register you will need to select your processing unit. This is the unit that will receive and process your request: Olin Library, Mann Library, the Law Library or the Veterinary Library.

  • Select "Request an article."
  • If you are willing to pay the fee for scans of non-exempt articles, select "yes." If you are not willing to pay, or the article will be exempt from fee, leave the selection at "no" or select "exempt." Please indicate reason for exemption in the "notes" field.
  • Fill in your citation information and submit request. Including the article’s DOI (Digital Object Identifier found in databases and references) on the form will auto-populate the request form and provide a link to an open-access version of the article, if available.  

You will receive an e-mail notification when your article is available to view through your ScanIt account. All articles will remain available for viewing in your account for 30 days.


Contact your processing unit:

Display of contact information for ScanIt service
Library Phone Email
Olin Library (607)255-9564
Mann or Veterinary Library 607)255-7754
Law Library 607)255-5750