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SCANit is a free document delivery service for Cornell students and faculty. Students and faculty who would like to make a SCANit request should locate the item they wish to have scanned in the library catalog and choose the ‘request scan of article/chapter’ button. 

Scanned items are delivered electronically in PDF format. 

How to place a request: 

Locate the item in the library catalog, then use the ‘request scan of article/chapter’ button to have the item delivered electronically from any library on campus.  If the material is not available at Cornell, you may use Interlibrary Loan to request scanned chapters and articles. 

The scanned item will be delivered to you electronically via email or Box typically within two business days. During periods of high volume requests (e.g. during sourcing assignments), requests will be filled as staff time permits and may take much longer. If your request is part of a pattern of requests that violates copyright (e.g. you request multiple chapters of the same book), your request will be denied. 

ScanIt requests are subject to the following restrictions: 


  • 1 article per issue 
  • 1 chapter per book or 10% of a publication
  • Articles are provided for the purpose of private study or research. Any other use may require the permission of the copyright owner. It is the responsibility of the requestor to comply with all applicable copyright laws. 

Item Type 

The following materials are not eligible for SCANit: 

  • Items on permanent and course reserve 
  • Items held in the Law Library Rare Collections or the Division of Rare Manuscripts 
  • Items too fragile or brittle for scanning 
  • Microform items held by any other library except the Library Annex 
  • Maps 
  • Any other non-circulating items that cannot be requested through the catalog  


  • No archival or publication quality scans will be provided (max 300dpi). Requests for high-resolutions scans should be directed to the Division of Rare Manuscripts.
  • SCANit may be used for academic purposes only. Students may not submit requests for materials related to employment unless working for a professor. 


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Updated 08.19.20