Photocopies, Scans, and Imaging Services

The Special Collections & Rare Books Department provides duplication services for items from the collections, but reserves the right to restrict reproduction of materials due to condition, size, copyright, staff availability or donor requirements.

Ordering Copies and Scans for Personal Use

See available Services and Prices below.

To request reproductions from books, printed, or archival materials, please complete a Request for Scans or Photocopies for Personal Use.

For fastest service, contact a staff member at with your request.  After confirming fees, please mail the request form and payment to:

Special Collections and Rare Books
401 Ellis Library
Columbia, MO 65201

Request forms and payment must be received before scans or photocopies can be delivered.


Scans and photocopies of books, images, and archival materials must always be made by staff members and will incur the charges as stated in the Reproduction Price List.  Our digital imaging equipment allows resolutions up to 600dpi.  Files can be delivered in a variety of formats.

Special Collections & Rare Books staff does not perform complex image manipulations or supply bibliographical references for duplicated images.

Reproduction Price List

Duplication Digital scans or photocopies (up to 50 copies) $0.50 per page
Document delivery Email (low-res jpgs only) free
Download free
Pick up in person (requires flash drive for scans) free
CD-R, sent through campus mail or USPS $1.00
Processing fees* On-campus and walk-in orders Free
MU affiliated mail orders $5.00
Non-affiliated mail orders $15.00
Publication fees MU-affiliated Free
Non MU-affiliated $60.00

*Processing fees include mailing within the U.S. for orders under 50 copies. Charges increase proportionately for orders in excess of 50 copies. Charges for international mailing depend upon specific destinations.

Copies and Scans of Microforms

Microfilm, microfiche, and micro-opaque copiers and digital scanners are available for patron use at no charge in the Special Collections Department. Patrons must make their own microfilm and microfiche copies.  Distance patrons may request microforms via interlibrary loan.  Accommodations will be made for patrons with disabilities.

Permission to Publish or Display

For more information, see Publishing Special Collections Materials.


Copyright compliance is the user’s responsibility.  Duplication of some collections is restricted or prohibited. See Copyright Policies for more information.