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 Digital Creation Specialist.To learn more about digitization requests, please see our Specialized Digitization policy.

Where to find us

The Digital Stewardship Lab is located inside The Open Lab @ Hillman in room 130, near the service desk to the right of the main entrance of Hillman Library.


Specialized Scanning

The Digital Stewardship Lab has two 3D scanning workstations. For small to mid-sized objects patrons can use our Artec Space Spider 3D scanner. Larger objects can be scanned using our wireless Artec Leo scanner. The files created by these scanners can be used online or be 3-D printed in the Open Lab 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 contact us to ask 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.

Need help? Contact us or schedule an appointment with our Humanities Data Librarian.

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