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Scans + Copies + Reproductions

historical photo of students in line at the front desk of McCabe shortly after it opened around 1970

McCabe Library, interior, 1970s

Requesting Scanned Materials: 

The College Archives has an extremely limited staff, which means we do not have the capacity to fulfill large photocopying orders, although we will do our best to oblige if you need fewer than 25 pages. Send an email to first describing exactly what you're interested in. We'll count the pages and tell you how to proceed depending on the length. If it's under 25 pages we can copy it for you at a rate of $5 for up to 5 pages and $0.50 per subsequent page. If it's over 25 pages, or if it is a complicated question requiring careful review of sources to determine what materials to copy, we will direct you to an independent researcher who can help you instead.

Requesting a High Resolution Image: 

As owners of the physical materials in our collections, the Swarthmore College Archive's policy is to provide high-resolution scans of our materials only after researchers agree to comply with our Permission and Use Agreement. We charge a standard reproduction fee of $25 per image.

To request a scan and agree to our Permission and Use Agreement please fill out the Swarthmore College Special Collections Scan Request Form. 

Self-Serve Copying:

We recommend that researchers coming to the Special Collections Reading Room (located on the first floor of McCabe Library) bring a digital camera/smartphone with a camera or scanner app (for copying from books or manuscripts) and a thumb drive (for copying from microfilm). 

If you prefer paper copies, there is a photocopier available for Special Collections patron usage at a fee of $0.15-$0.25 per page, depending on size. Patrons must show Special Collections staff all materials prior to photocopying, as some items are too fragile to be placed on the machine. 

Paper copies can be taken from the microfilm reader for a fee of $0.50 per page.

To speak with the College Archivist please email or call the Friends Historical Library, 610-328-8496.