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Last Updated: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 2:40pm

Get a Scan of a Book Chapter or Article

The Get a Scan service allows currently affiliated UT-Austin patrons to request scans of book chapters and articles from the UT Libraries collections or from other libraries. This service is free for current university students, faculty and staff.

Request a scan of a book chapter or article

Fill out the Article/Chapter request form. Providing a complete and accurate citation can expedite delivery time. Google Scholar is useful for checking a citation if you are unsure of the accuracy of your source. Google Scholar may also link to the full text of the article you seek.

When your request is ready, you will receive an email with a link to download your chapter or article in PDF format from our platform.

Submit a Request

Request a Course Reserves Scan for Fall 2020

During Fall 2020, UT Libraries is providing an alternative to our on-site Reserves service called Course Reserves Scan, through which requests for scans from essential course support materials may be submitted. Depending on availability, UT Libraries staff will determine what can be provided for your students, either through existing or purchased electronic items, by scanning sections from available print materials where possible, or working with you to find alternative Open Educational Resources (OER) online content.

Request a Course Reserves Scan

Get a Scan FAQ

Who is eligible?

Current UT Austin students, faculty and staff as well as UT Austin retirees. See Interlibrary Services for Organizations and Document Express for Individuals if you are not a current UT student, faculty or staff.


How long does it take?

A Get a Scan request takes from 1 to 3 days for you to receive your scan. In the event that we are unable to scan an article or chapter from the UT collections, we will order it from another library, and delivery may take longer than three days.


What can I request to be scanned?

You can request:

  • Articles and book chapters that are 50 pages or less. One article or chapter per request form.
  • Entire books published before 1923 (page limit and exceptions below still apply).


  • Only one article or chapter per request form submitted.
  • Only three chapters from a book still within copyright may be scanned.
  • Books on reserve are not eligible for the Get A Scan service.
  • We cannot scan chapters from books that you currently have checked out.
  • There is no rush processing available for the Get A Scan service.
  • Requests for entire books submitted systematically chapter by chapter are a copyright violation and will be cancelled.
  • Get a Scan is not a replacement for course required textbooks.
  • We cannot scan books or journals that are in poor or fragile condition, AV materials, maps, plays (unless part of a collection or anthology).
  • We cannot scan materials from the following libraries and collections:
    • Architecture Special Collections
    • Benson Special Collections
    • Fine Arts Library special collections
    • Harry Ransom Center
    • Briscoe Center for American History
    • Stark Center
    • Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

            Request Limits:

  • There is no limit to the number of requests you can submit, but no more than 10 requests will be processed for each patron in one day.


How much does it cost?

There is no charge for this service for current UT students, faculty and staff.

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