The Preservation & Digital Conversion Division provides patrons with reproductions of items owned by the Columbia University Libraries collections. Reproductions are intended for personal or scholarly use, and patrons are responsible for all copyright and permissions matters.

Publication and Digital Reproduction for Research and Scholarly Purposes

Services include digital photography and flatbed scanning, electronic books, microfilm duplication, microfilm scanning, and audio reformatting.


Policies Regarding Patron Orders and Copyright

Policy on the Size of Digitization Orders for Patrons

Publication and Digital Reproduction for Commercial and Other Purposes, and for Large-scale Initiatives

File Format Specifications for Patron Orders

Please visit our Copyright Advisory Office for Information about Copyright and how it Pertains to Education, Research and Scholarship

Link for information about Fair Use




The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction.  One of these specified 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 copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.


For Ordering Instructions and Order Forms, please visit this page


Link for self service printing and scanning.


Orders and questions should be addressed to:

Preservation Reformatting Department
101 Butler Library
535 West 114th St.
New York, NY 10027

E-mail: prd-orders@library.columbia.edu
Telephone: (212) 854-1332

All reproductions are prepared to order and cannot be returned for credit.

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