Services for Patrons and Libraries

Digital Reproduction Requests

To place a request through one of the following libraries, first contact them directly about their collections.

Illinois History and Lincoln Collections –
Map Library –
Rare Book & Manuscript Library –
University Archives –

To place a reproduction request from our general collections please refer to the next section.

Please note: In response to COVID-19, Digitization Services is responding to increased digital access needs. Please be aware our turnaround time may be delayed, and note that we are not charging fees at this time. Thank you for your patience.

Placing a Request

Option 1 – General Collection Materials

There are restrictions to what items we can provide digital access to. Depending on how the library provides digital access, your loan times may vary. Our internal digitization access for general collection materials is provided via the Digital Library, it lasts for 21 days and is restricted to one user’s University credentials.

  1. Is it already available? For general collection materials (circulating library items), using the Library’s Easy Search option may help you locate existing digital access provided by the U of I.
  2. If you locate an item in the Library Catalog that does not have existing digital access, and the RequestRequest Digitization of Entire Work” option is available to you in the Library Catalog‘s “Get It” area — it is free to use for University of Illinois affiliates. If you are only interested in a portion of the item, please use a DocExpress option.

For assistance with general collections requests via the library catalog, please contact Digitization Services at

Option 2 – Special Collection Materials

For all other digitization requests, such as those for materials that are held by one of the Library’s Special Collection’s, for publication quality images, or unaffiliated scholars.

  1. Please contact the home library unit that stewards the materials you are inquiring upon, if they are not circulating materials — this is any item that does not have options available to you in the library catalogue to request.
  2. Library content liaisons or patrons can complete the Reproduction Request Form below. Please review our fee schedule (temporarily paused due to COVID-19 considerations) and guidelines for reproduction of library materials. For assistance please contact Digitization Services at – (217) 244-2062

Patron Reproduction Request Form

Internal Library Request Form

Guidelines for Reproduction Services for the Library Materials

University Library Reproduction Fee Schedule

Equipment/Format Setup Fee Fee Per Image
Book Digitization (600 dpi) $20 $0.20 per pa
Single image digitization includes books, letters, maps, transparencies, flat material (600 dpi) $20 $2 per image
OCR creation (delivered in PDF format) $2 $0.50 per page
Image editing (stitching, color/image correction, cropping) $40 per hour in ½ hr increments
Electronic delivery Free
Rush 50% surcharge on entire order
Custom Orders Priced Upon Request
Research Services $30 per hour