Copying and Scanning Library Materials

Most IUB libraries have photocopiers and/or scanners for your use.


Libraries may have freestanding photocopiers or scanner/printers. All require a valid current Crimson Card for use.

Visitors may obtain a Library Guest Account and scan materials rather than photocopying them. Saving scanned images to a flash drive, depositing them in an online storage service such as Box, or sending them via email can be done at no charge. To print copies, visitors must purchase a print card. For more information, see Library Guest Account.

IUB students, faculty and staff may now send faxes online using the IU Fax Service. For more details, see the UITS KB document, About the IU Fax Service. Additionally, fax machines may be found in various copy shops in Bloomington; services and fees vary.

For information about copy machines in specific IUB campus libraries, refer to the Amenities listing, available via the home page for those locations (for example, Herman B Wells Library.)


The Libraries recommend that users scan materials they would like to keep and either send the scanned documents to themselves via email or download them to a portable "flash" or "thumb" drive.  There is no charge for scanning.  Portable drives may be available for purchase in the vending machine in the Learning Commons, near the restrooms.

Scanning standard 8 1/2" x 11" pages is free in the IU Bloomington Libraries.  Units in the Herman B Wells Library (Scholars' Commons Digitization Lab, East Tower 2nd floor, West Tower 4th floor) and all branch libraries have flatbed scanners that are available to all patrons.  Scanned documents can be loaded onto a thumb/flash drive or sent to an e-mail, Canvas or Box account.

Printing of scanned results uses the standard printing procedures and allocations.

Special scanning equipment and services are available as well:

Microfilm and Microfiche
Government Information, Maps and Microform Services (East Tower, 2nd floor) has microform machines that can scan pages.  These scans can be printed, saved to a flash drive, and/or be e-mailed.  More information on microform scanning.