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What is Document Delivery?

Document Delivery 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. All libraries on the Ithaca and Geneva campuses offer this service.

Is there a fee for Document Delivery?

The fee for scans of articles from most collections held by Cornell University Library is $4.00 for the first 30 pages, $1.00 for each additional 10 pages or portion thereof.

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.

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 CD's
  • 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 Collection (contact them directly)
  • Items already available electronically
  • Items restricted by copyright policy
  • Maps

How soon can I expect my article?

Most Document Delivery 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 Document Delivery.
  • 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 copy up to 50 pages.
  • Documents will not be scanned in color.

How do I place a request?

Log into Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery 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, Geneva 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.

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

Questions?

Contact your processing unit:

Olin Library 255-9564 olin-ils@cornell.edu
Mann, Geneva or Veterinary Library 255-7754 mann_ill@cornell.edu
Law Library 255-5750 law-ils@cornell.edu