SCANit is a free document delivery service for Cornell Law students and faculty. Students and faculty who would like to make a SCANit request should first obtain the material by reqesting the item to be scanned be delivered to the law circulation desk. Once the material has been obtained, students and faculty can send in a SCANit request.
Scanned items are delivered electronically in PDF format within two business days of the request.
How to Use SCANit
For a visual representation of the SCANit procedure please see this flowchart.
1) Obtain your material: Start by locating the item in the library catalog,
If the Law Library Owns the Item: you can either follow the steps below to have the book delivered to the Law Library circulation desk or you can look for the book. If you need assistance finding a book in the Law Library, you can consult our maps, as well as contact a reference librarian or ask at the circulation desk. If you got the book from the Law Library stacks or if you already checked out the book, please bring it to the circulation desk and leave it with a circulation assistant. Include a note that states your name, email address, the pages you would like scanned, and (if applicable) the journal you are working with.
If Another Cornell University Library Owns the Item: you can request to have the item delivered to the Law Library circulation desk from any library on campus. Follow the below steps
After finding the item in the catalog, click the red 'Request' button to have the item delivered to the Law Library circulation desk. Do Not click the white "Request Scan of Article/Chapter" button in the library catalog! You will be charged for scans of Cornell owned items.
Once you have selected the red "Request" button, you will be taken to a screen that allows you to select the pick up location for the item. Please select "Law Circulation" from the dropdown menu. Do Not include your scanning request in the "Notes to library staff" field.
2) Request Scan:
If you requested to have the book delivered to the Law Library circulation desk, you will receive an email informing you that the item has arrived at the circulation desk. Forward that email to email@example.com with the pages that you would like scanned. Please wait to send your scanning request until you have received confirmation that the item is at the circulation desk.
If you got the book from the Law Library stacks, please bring it to the circulation desk and leave it with a circulation assistant. Include a note that states your name, email address, the pages you would like scanned, and (if applicable) the journal you are working with.
Do Not send a separate request for a scan through the catalog.
3) Receive Scan: The scanned item will be delivered to you electronically via email or Box within two business days. During periods of high volume requests (e.g. during sourcing assignments), requests will be filled as staff time permits. 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 -whichever has fewer pages
- 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.
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
- Any other non-circulating items that cannot be requested through the catalog to the law circulation desk
- 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.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.