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Article/chapter scan service

The document delivery service is suspended until further notice. Please contact docdel.library [at] if you have any questions.


Request scanned copies of journal articles or book chapters from the print collections of the McGill Library, to be sent to a McGill email address.

This service is open to current McGill students, faculty and staff only.

Delivery time is normally 2 to 4 business days.

How to request a scanned copy

1. Look up journal or book in WorldCat Discovery.

2. Click on:

3. Log in to your library account. McGill students, faculty, and staff can use their standard McGill login.

4. When filling out the form, make sure to select "Article/Chapter Scan Service" in the "I want to pick up at" dropdown. 

You also have to include the following information in order for a scan request to be processed:

  • Article / Chapter author
  • Article / Chapter title
  • Page numbers

If you do not include this information, we will not be able to complete the scan request. 

Important copyright notice

Scanned articles and book chapters are copied and supplied in accordance with the Canadian Copyright Act. Works obtained through this service are protected by copyright and may only be used for the purpose of education, private study or research or as further provided for under fair dealing. In general, the guidelines for amounts that may be copied are:

  • 15% of a work
  • 1 entire chapter of a book (as long as it does not total more than 20% of the book)
  • 1 entire article from a journal

If you have any questions about how you may use this content, or if you require more than these amounts for teaching purposes, please contact copyright.library [at]

Please note: the Service is unable to process requests submitted by e-mail.



When it's time to retrieve your scan, you will receive an email with a URL and password, which will 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. 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 the Digitization - On demand request form.
  • Professors may request scans from items on course reserve.

Contact info

docdel.library [at]

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