Do the libraries have scanners I can use?

Scanners can be found in most Harvard Library facilities. There is no charge for it.

In Widener, visit Circulation (flatbed and Bookeye overhead scanners) and the Atkins Reading Room on the second floor (flatbed scanners),

In Lamont there are flatbed scanners on both the first floor (just past the Cafe and main stairwell) and Level B (just to the right of the B30 classroom).

Cabot scanners are located on the main floor near the printers. 

For other libraries, contact them or just ask the staff. 

A couple of scanning tips: 

  • Scanners can send to email addresses, but larger file sizes sometimes have too much data for email. We recommend a USB drive (even if your document is small the file size might not be) for backup.
  • Most scanners will let you choose Optical Character Recognition (OCR). This takes longer, and makes for a larger file size, but it will enable you to search the document's text electronically.

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