Answered By: Darcy Gervasio
Last Updated: Aug 31, 2016     Views: 9571

Yes! The Library has several scanners you can use. The Library provides the following scanning options:

  • three book scanners; two in the Reference Area; one in the Music Collection.
  • several image scanners (Epson), in Lab 1004B and Labs 1015A and/or 1015B (work with macs).
  • several portable document scanners (CanoScan LiDE 100 by Canon). These are located mainly in the DMZ but sometimes migrate to the Reference Area and computer Labs 1004B, C, & D.


Here's Scanley Tucci!

One of the large-format, touch-screen scanners located in the Reference Commons Area.

There are three large-format scanning kiosks at the Library. Two are installed in the Reference Area on the first floor. These were affectionately dubbed "Scanley Tucci" and "Feedie Falco" in a student naming contest. The third scanner, "Scan Deacon," is located in the Music Collection room. (All three scanners are named after notable Purchase alumni!)

Are Scanley, Feedie, and Scan Deacon all busy?  Try the image scanners or portable scanners located throughout the Library.


Scanning basics:

  • Just follow the prompts on the touch screen or ask a reference librarian for help!
  • Anyone can use our scanners; there is no charge for scanning at the library.
  • You can scan documents as a pdf, searchable pdf, word doc, JPEG or TIFF file.
  • You can save your scans to a USB flash drive or email the file to yourself.
  • Tip: Works best with your Purchase College email address, but also works with gmail, yahoo, and hotmail addresses.
  • You can also send your scan to Google Drive if you have a gmail account. Tip: If you run into issues with GoogleDrive stating that it can't connect to the scanner because it's an "insecure app," go to on a librar PC, laptop, or your mobile device and log in with your gmail account. Then click "Turn on" to allow your google account to interact with "less secure apps." 
  • One of the scanners (Feedie Falco) has a document feeder for scanning loose pages.
  • Choose "Searchable PDF" and "300 dpi" to ensure your scans meet accessibility standards.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to use the document scanners to scan course readings (articles and book chapters) as accessible, searchable PDFs and make them available to students in Moodle.


Second book scanning station

Here's Feedie Falco!

Our touch-screen scanner with a document feeder located in the Reference Commons Area



Here's Scan Deacon!

Our third large-format, touch-screen scanner, located in the Music Collection on the First Floor.

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