Q. What is Scan and Deliver?


Scan and Deliver is a temporary service whilst the library is not able to fully re-open. This service will begin from Monday 7th September and the link to the request form will be available on our website.

Current staff and students of the university who are unable to get to campus (due to self isolating or travel difficulties), can request a scan of a single chapter or article for personal study, under copyright fair dealing. 

Scans will be made of print material available on the shelf at Colchester only, from the Student, Main or Special Collections, where it is not already available as part of our digital collections. We are unable to scan items from store, short loan, plays or music, or material located at Loughton or Southend. Scans from Special Collections may be unavailable if particularly delicate or fragile or due to volume of material, and some may be redacted due to confidentiality and copyright.

Any requests are for personal study/research purposes and non commercial use. We are unable to supply scans for reading lists or sharing in class.

If you require a scan in an alternative format for accessibility reasons, please use our ‘Request Accessible Copy Form’. You need to be registered with the Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity Service to use this service.

Scans will be subject to fair dealing copyright:

One chapter of a book 

One article in a single journal issue

or 5% , whichever is greater

Scan requests will be checked by library staff (Monday - Friday) for availability and copyright limits. Requests may be rejected if it is already available in our online collection, is over the limit of copyright or if the book is unavailable for scanning. Accepted requests will be put in a queue and you will be emailed your position in the queue. We aim to send accepted scans within 10 working days of the request being received. Please check your University of Essex email for request acceptance and supply. 

We will email you when the scan is ready to view - these will be in PDF format and you will be sent a link available for 30 days or accessible 5 times, whichever is soonest. We recommend to download and save your scan to your device for continued use. 

If you want to track the progress of your request, you can contact us by emailing libline@essex.ac.uk

  • Last Updated Sep 01, 2020
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  • Answered By Sarah Boateng

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