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Requests for reproductions of library materials

Imaging Services is an on-campus resource for the conversion of paper and image-based materials to digital formats. Place orders for digital copies of MIT Libraries Distinctive Collections materials through the Distinctive Collections Request System. For more information regarding placing orders using this system please visit, requesting materials.

Copyright restrictions may apply to certain materials. For information regarding publication and permissions relating to Distinctive Collections materials, please visit the MIT Libraries’ Copyright Permissions Policy.

In most cases, fees will apply to cover setup and administrative costs related to processing an order.

Requests for theses, technical reports, and working papers typically take 2-3 weeks to complete. All other imaging requests, including AV orders, take 4-6 weeks to complete. Timelines are measured from order approval or payment (if applicable).

Services offered

  • Digital imaging and photography (including color balancing and processing)
  • Special procedures for scanning fragile artifacts
  • Optical character recognition (OCR)
  • AV materials require special quotes as these requests are sent to a trusted vendor.
  • Quantity pricing may be available.

File standards 

Available digital file formats include TIFF, PDF or JPEG for paper materials and include MP3 for audio and MP4 for video for AV materials.

  • Items larger than 5 x 7 — 400 ppi
  • Photos and items smaller than 5 x 7 — 600 ppi
  • Visual materials (negatives/slides) — 2000 – 3000 ppi

Should you require formats outside of our standard practices, please detail those specifications in the “Additional Information” field of your request.

Fee schedule:

Distinctive Collections materials (prices are per image)

Due to setup and administrative costs, the following materials have a $30 minimum order amount.

  • Loose manuscript or bound volumes – $2.00
  • Oversize (over 18” x 24”) – $20.00
  • 35 mm slide or negative – $15.00
  • medium or large format negative/transparency – $25.00

MIT Theses

MIT technical reports and working papers

Rush Orders

Depending on staff availability, placing a rush on an order may be possible. Contact us for more information.