What is scanning?
Scanning is the process of turning a physical document, image or object into a digital copy, stored on a computer. Scanning requires a special device called a scanner (seen at right). These digital copies can then be sent via email, replacing faxing or “snail mail”.
Scanning: Preserving the Past
Creating digital copies of images and documents through scanning is a method of preservation. Digital copies cannot fade or deteriorate over time, unlike paper and photos. Digital copies can also be shared easily on the Web. Check out some of these digital archives!
- Cleveland Memory Project
- Including a Heights Library collection!
- Ohio Memory
- New York Public Library’s Digital Collections
Preserving photos isn’t just for libraries and archives. You can scan your own family photos to preserve them for future generations.
Can I scan at the library?
Yes! Scanning is available free of charge in the Heights Knowledge and Innovation Center (HKIC), located across the bridge from the Lee Road branch.
In the HKIC, there are three scanning options:
- A flatbed scanner and scanning computer is located in the computer lab. This setup is best for one to two-page documents and photos. Files can be saved to the computer or a flash drive. You can even send an email directly from the computer.
- A second flatbed scanner is located in the Media Lab. Using the Media Lab gives you access to photo editing software such as Apple’s Photos and Adobe Photoshop. These programs can be used to lighten, sharpen and repair digital copies of photos created by scanning.
NOTE: In order to use the Media Lab, you must be over 18 years of age, have a photo ID and a valid library card.
- The copier/scanner, located in the back corner of the HKIC, is the best choice for longer documents. Multiple page documents or forms can automatically fed through the top autofeeder, saving you time. Files can be saved on a flash drive.
If you need assistance or to borrow a flash drive, feel free to speak with the staff at the HKIC desk. We’re more than happy to help you with your scanning needs!