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Image Collections for CCNY Users: Scanning

This guide points to images and image collections, some available to CCNY users only, that may be useful for your research.

Duke Libraries

Lilly and Perkins/Bostock Libraries offer free onsite scanners.  Any image in a book or periodical can be scanned in seconds for a reliable image for classroom or paper presentation.  Scanned images should not be posted outside a classroom context (for example, not on the open internet) without copyright approval.

Scanning Standards

Image standards vary depending upon the intended use.  Images for publication need to be much higher resolution than those for simple presentation.  Before scanning, get familiar with the trade-offs in resolution and image size.


Scanning Stardards - Cal State-Northridge's page

Scanning Standards by type of material - University of North Texas Libraries page

TASI's Scanning Info page - Institute for Learning and Research Technology (ILRT), University of Bristol, UK


Besser, Howard.  Introduction to Imaging.  Rev. ed.  Los Angeles: Getty Research Institute, 2003.  Queens or LaGuardia: TA1637 .B477 2003 (available via CLICS) 

Busch, David D. Mastering digital scanning with slides, film, and transparencies. Boston, MA : Muska & Lipman, c2004. Available to authorized users via ebrary.

Gookin, Dan. Digital Scanning and Photography. Redmond, Wash: Microsoft Press, 2000. Hostos or Staten Island: TR267 .G66 2000  (available via CLICS)

Do It Yourself

Cohen, Music, Architecture and Science/Engineering all have walk up scanners with book-saver edges for scanning an image to your personal flash drive.


Associate Dean & Chief Librarian (Emeritus)

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Chip Stewart
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City College Libraries/CUNY
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Special thanks to Lee Sorensen of Duke University for permitting the use of his Image Collections for Duke Users guide as a template for this guide.