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Requesting scanned copies from the print collection of the McGill Library

New service: Beginning May 2014

McGill students, faculty and staff may request scanned copies of journal articles or book chapters from the print collection of the McGill Library, to be sent to a McGill email address.

Delivery time is normally 2 to 4 days.


How to request a scanned copy


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From the library catalogue record, click on the Request button. Then click on the scan article/chapter link, log in, and fill in the article/book chapter details.

You will receive an email with a URL and password, which provide temporary access to the article or chapter in digital format.

The article or chapter will be available on a server for a period of 30 days. Each article may be retrieved a maximum 5 times. After 30 days, articles and chapters are automatically removed from the server.


The article/chapter scanning service is offered for most materials in the library's collections that are uniquely available in print format. However items on course reserve and print materials that are also accessible in the library's electronic collection are excluded.

For materials located in the library’s rare or special collections please refer to


Scanned articles and book chapters are made in compliance with the Canadian Copyright Act. Works obtained through this service are protected by copyright and may only be used for the purpose of private study or research.

Contact info

docdel [dot] library [at] mcgill [dot] ca

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