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About Scan & Deliver


Scan & Deliver is a free, electronic document delivery service for Harvard students, faculty, staff, summer school students and research assistants. You may request and obtain electronically scanned portions of certain items from the library collections that are currently on the shelf.


How to place a request


All Scan & Deliver requests must be placed through the HOLLIS+ or HOLLIS Classic record. If an item is eligible, the Scan & Deliver link will appear in the availability screen for that item.


What can be requested?

  • Journal articles (one per issue) or book chapters, (one per book) not exceeding 10% of the work


What can't be requested?

  • Items being used as course materials, including course reserves
  • Special collections
  • Items too fragile or brittle for scanning
  • Requests exceeding 100 pages


Response time


Scans are delivered within four (4) business days.




A notice is sent to your e-mail account with a link to the PDF.


Participating collections

  • Baker
  • Fine Arts
  • Loeb Music
  • Biblioteca Berenson
  • Government Documents
  • MCZ (Ernst Mayr Library)
  • Cabot
  • Gutman
  • Physics Research
  • Chemistry
  • Harvard Depository
  • Poetry Room
  • Countway
  • Harvard Kennedy School
  • Tozzer
  • Design
  • Law
  • Widener
  • Divinity



PDF availability & request tracking


The PDF will remain available for download for 30 days. To track your filled and outstanding requests, please log in to your Scan & Deliver account.