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Book Scanning


NYPL is now offering scanning of public domain books from its own collections only. Sorry we do not scan books from outside sources.

Items are available as PDFs delivered electronically.

Please note that not all bound volumes can be digitized via the Library's book scanner due to size or condition. Special handling digital photography may be available.

To place a request, please fill out the Order Form (pdf), which can be returned via mail, fax, attached to an email, or in person. Orders cannot be processed without a completed form.

Contact us at or 212-930-0091 if you have any additional questions.

In the case of volumes with tight bindings or text running into the gutter, some information may not be legible in the files delivered.


Prices below are for individual and nonprofits/government agencies only. Fees are doubled for commercial companies.

Book scanner: Regular service. $100.00 for up to 300 pages per volume and $0.30 per page thereafter. Turnaround time is 8 to 10 weeks. Double the total price for quicker turnaround time of 4 to 5 weeks.

Special Handling Overhead Digital Photography: For bound volumes and all other items (such as loose manuscript material and scrolls) that due to condition/size cannot go on book scanner. After reviewing the material, we will provide an estimate on number of days it will take to shoot. Fee is $250 per day. Turnaround time is 10 to 12 weeks. Double the price for quicker turnaround time of 4 to 5 weeks.