The Special Collections Department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette provides scanning services for research and scholarly use. Special Collections offers both self-service scanning and scanning done by staff.
Self-service scanning with the overhead scan and microfilm scanner are free of charge.
Photocopying and digitization of archival material and manuscript collections are done by staff for researchers for a fee.
- Fees must be paid before digitization, and processing may take up to two weeks upon receipt.
- Special Collections will not duplicate entire collections for patrons.
Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish photocopy or other reproductions. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use”, that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a duplication order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.
Research copies created by patrons or provided by staff fall under the Fair Use provision (Section 107) and the Library and Archives exemptions (Section 108) of the U.S. Copyright Law.
- Special Collections reserves the right to decide what materials are available for use and reproduction and what form that reproduction may take.
- Special Collections also reserves the right to refuse duplication if, in their judgment, fulfillment of the order affects the condition, confidentiality, or copyright of the material.
- Patrons are responsible for determining whether materials from Special Collections or materials outside the collection require permissions from the copyright holder.
- For staff to digitize copyrighted works, signed letters of permissions must be provided.
- When planning to publish materials obtained from Special Collections, a Permission to Publish or Permission for Commercial Use form must be completed and signed by the patron and the head archivist.
The recipient of Special Collections materials agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all suits, claims, actions and expenses arising out of the use of reproductions provided by the Special Collections Department.
To request digitized materials from the Special Collections Department, complete and submit this form: