Using the Digibook scanner to scan a large photograph

Digital Stewardship Lab

About the Lab

We provide access to high-quality scanning equipment for research and instruction. The space is open to all students, staff, and faculty and is supported by a scanning technician who can provide training, instruction, and consultation for digitization projects. If you're interested in using our specialized scanners, you’ll need to first make an appointment for a project consultation with our scanning technician.

Where to find us

We're located within the Digital Scholarship Commons (DSC) on the ground floor of Hillman Library. To the left of the DSC information desk, the Lab is a small enclosed office space within the larger Commons room.


Specialized Scanning

Our David/HP 3-D Scanner works best for scanning small, non-shiny objects (10 inches or 25.4cm) in high resolution. The resulting 3-D scan files capture textural and structural detail. The files can be used online or be 3-D printed in the Open Lab (link to or elsewhere on campus.

The Digibook scanner is best suited for scanning bound books, loose paper, and other 2-dimensional materials in high resolution with great color accuracy. Illustrations, photographs, maps, delicate paper materials, and oversize books are good candidates for this scanner.

The Epson 120000XL flatbed scanner can accommodate flat materials up to 12"X17". This scanner can also be used to scan transparent materials including, color, black and white, and positive films.

These specialized scanners are available by appointment. For more information please ask our scanning technician about arranging a project consultation.

Self-Service Scanning Stations

Our sheet feed scanner, as well as flatbed and overhead self-service scanners, are located just outside of the Lab and are available to any member of the University of Pittsburgh community at any time Hillman Library is open.

OCR Workstation

An OCR workstation with ABBYY FIneReader 14 is located just outside the Lab. This workstation also serves as a microfilm reader and scanner. As with the self-service scanners, this workstation is available to any member of the University of Pittsburgh community at any time Hillman Library is open. The device can also be reserved online.