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Book scanning

The ARC has partnered with the Internet Archive and maintains their Scribe overhead book scanner, a safe archival tool designed to minimize stress on a book’s binding. Books and manuscripts are gentle cradled on a V-shaped bed, and shot two pages at a time by two matching high-res cameras. The Scribe can digitize books up to 10 inches wide and 15 inches long. We also maintain a flatbed scanner and a overhead camera scanner for larger sized books, manuscripts, posters and papers.

Once scanned donors have private/secure access to their material and the ability to read online and download in a variety of formats, including PDF, EPUB, Kindle, Daisy, full text HTML and DjVu. Digital backup copies are maintained at our offices in New York, at the Internet Archive in San Francisco, and in the cloud.

Major donations of books to ARC are scanned free of charge and the donor is allowed electronic access to their collection. Scans for clients are 10¢ a page plus any shipping and handling costs. Scan can be delivered free via Dropbox, FTP, Google Docs or any online service.

Record cover scanning

Scanning the covers of recordings is a major activity here at the ARC. ARC’s flatbed scanner can make a 12″x12″ LP-size scan in one pass. Our standard is 300dpi, at 100%, TIFF, and we can scan to your specifications..

Prices are $50.00 per scan, plus costs to deliver and pick up. We are accustomed to large scanning project requests, delivered on short notice. Rush jobs may incur extra charges. Discounts are available for large jobs if timing is not essential. ARC Corporate and Research Members ($500 minimum) receive a discounted rate, $35 per scan.


Copyright holders, artists, publishers and record companies may borrow copies of ARC’s sound recordings that they have a legal right to. This is a service for clients who wish to scan or photograph any materials at an outside facility. $50 per item.

New clients are asked to pay in advance and leave a deposit. All clients borrowing materials sign a pledge to cover replacement costs if materials are lost or damaged. Shipping or handling costs are the expense of the borrower. We prefer that clients arrange pickups and returns. Loans for exhibition purposes can be arranged.

ARC also hold a vast amount of recording in all formats (CDs, 45s, 78s, cassettes, transcription discs, picture discs, shaped recordings, mini-discs, reel-to-reel, acetates, soundcards, paper and plastic recordings) as well as music related materials, including prints, photographs, three-dimensional objects and memorabilia, video and film. Just ask.

Please note — ARC does not maintain professional facilities for making digital copies of audio.

All materials borrowed or scanned — used for any purpose — must be credited to The ARChive of Contemporary Music.