May 22, 2022

Linda Hall Library Expanding Monograph Digitization Efforts With New “On Demand” Service

News from Chicago and Kansas City, MO.

Here’s another example of book digitization-on-demand. This time for CRL members and their users.

From the Center for Research Libraries:

The Center for Research Libraries continues to expand upon its partnership with Linda Hall Library (LHL).  Beginning March 1, LHL will begin digitizing single volumes of their open monograph collection to fulfill requests from scholars at CRL ibraries. Due to royalty costs, standards are not included among those materials eligible for digitizing. At this time, material eligible for scanning will be pre-1950 monographs.


The material can be found by searching Linda Hall Library’s collection through OCLC. (Linda Hall Library’s OCLC symbol is LHL.)

All CRL member institutions should make sure that their OCLC profile now includes the Center for Research Libraries along with their other group affiliations.


The entire process should normally take five business days. All digital files of requested materials will be delivered to CRL via FTP for subsequent posting on the CRL DDS server for future access by CRL-authorized users through CRL’s online catalog, OCLC, ProQuest’s Summon, and Ex Libris’ Primo.

Additional Details in the Complete CRL Announcement

See Also: Linda Hall Library Digital Collections (Accessible to Everyone)

More Digitization on Demand: Duke University Libraries Debuts Book Scanning Service for Faculty, Students, Staff (February 22, 2013)

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