We have resumed some on-campus services, including book pickup, virtual consultations, and fulfilling scanning/digitization requests. Many library materials are available online, but our buildings remain closed until further notice.


Scan & Deliver

Request print journal articles, book chapters and other documents be sent to your email.

As of September 2020, Scan & Deliver is scanning materials available in Widener, Lamont, Countway, Harvard Depository, Loeb Design, Tozzer, Harvard-Yenching, Fine Arts, Loeb Music, Ernst Mayr, Cabot, Divinity, and HKS.

When you make a request, we will do our best to find a digital version for you. Please submit your request via HOLLIS, regardless of the library location, and we’ll let you know if it’s available. Please note: as we work to ensure on-site staff are safe while processing Scan and Deliver requests, delivery of scans may take longer than the standard four (4) business days.

At this time, Scan & Deliver is only available to Harvard students, faculty, and staff. 


Can't get to the library to pick something up? Try Scan & Deliver. It's a free electronic document delivery service for the Harvard community. Submit a request and we'll scan a journal article or book chapter and deliver it to you via email.

Scan & Deliver requests are placed through HOLLIS. If the item you're interested in is eligible, the Scan & Deliver link will appear in the item record.

Scans are delivered via email. Scan PDFs remain available for download for 30 days. You can manage your requests and access scans (for 30 days) via your Scan & Deliver account. 


  • Journal articles (two per issue) or book chapters (two per book) not exceeding 20 percent of the work.
  • Special collections and requests of more than 100 pages cannot be accommodated. 
  • Other kinds of Scan & Deliver requests may be appropriate, subject to final determination by library staff.


In providing this service, we must also follow relevant copyright laws. 

The purpose of the Scan & Deliver service is to provide library users with a copy of the requested material for personal use.

We legally can't fulfill requests for

  • More than one article or other contribution to a periodical or copyrighted collection
  • More than one chapter or other small part of any other copyrighted work

The service can only be used for isolated and unrelated reproduction of a single copy of the same material on separate occasions. It can't be used for the related or concerted reproduction of multiple copies of the same material—whether made at one time or over a period of time, and whether for use by one person or multiple people.

If a library questions whether a request complies with these requirements, the request will be sent to a librarian for consultation before a decision is made whether to fill the request.