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BorrowDirect, E-ZBorrow and Interlibrary Loan: Request Scan

Digital Delivery at the Penn Libraries

What is Request Scan?

  • Request Scan enables you to obtain scans of selected book chapters and journal articles in the general, non-Reserve, collections of the University of Pennsylvania Libraries for your research

Who can use Request Scan?

  • Current University of Pennsylvania students, faculty and staff

How do I use Request Scan?

  • Look for the Request Scan request option in a Franklin catalog record.  You will need to log in with your PennKey in the upper right corner  to see your request options
  • To request Articles outside of Franklin, please submit a Article Request Form

Can I request more than one chapter or article on the request form?

  • Only one book chapter or article may be submitted on each request form

How many requests may I submit?

  • A maximum of 5 requests will be processed per person per day, depending on staffing and overall request volume

How quickly do requests arrive?

  • Requests usually arrive within 2 business days
  • Requests for material not currently available from the collection will be requested through Interlibrary Loan and may take longer
  • An email notification is sent once requests are available to view and download

Scan Quality

  • Legible scans at 300 DPI
  • Color images will be included if possible

Are there limits on what can be scanned?

Staff will copy a specific article or book chapter as long as this does not exceed fair use guidelines.  Staff will process one chapter or article per request.  Please submit requests for each specific article or book chapter needed on a separate request form.

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of the photocopies or other reproductions of the copyright materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, library and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than in 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. The University of Pennsylvania Libraries reserve the right to refuse to accept a copying order, if, in its judgement fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.


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