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e-Delivery Service

E-delivery provides users with low-resolution access images of our print materials. This service is available to all researchers. However, we prioritize requests from the UCLA community.

A researcher may request an initial 100 pages of access images to assist with remote research. If you require additional material, please ask for our list of independent researchers for hire or about our duplication services. We will provide access images in PDF format. These images are for personal research use only.

UCLA Library Special Collections (LSC) cannot fulfill the following requests:

  • oversize items
  • audio-visual (AV) or born-digital items
  • fragile items that present handling issues
  • collections with donor or other restrictions

To place an e-delivery request, please email us at

Duplication Service

LSC offers a fee-based service to provide digital copies of materials to researchers. To place a duplication order, please use the following directions:

  1. Log in to your LSC User Account(opens in a new tab) (first-time users must register).
  2. Search for books using "Library Catalog" in the left menu. Search archival collections using "Online Archive of California (OAC)" in the gold menu near the top of the page.
  3. Once you find the item(s) you wish to request, click the "Request material" button.
  4. Select your desired boxes or volumes. If the box you want is not listed, please enter the information in "Special Requests" near the bottom of the page.
  5. Click the "Duplication" button. Select the format of duplication you would like to receive.
  6. Indicate if this is "For Publication" and the details of your project.
  7. In the "Special Requests" field, describe which folders, items, etc., you want us to copy.
  8. Click "Submit Request."

Please note that we have established limits to ensure the preservation of the materials (see "Service Fees" below). Our staff will review and approve the requests. We will process them in the order received.

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Service Fees

UCLA Library charges fees for LSC services on a cost-recovery basis. UC users are defined as UC faculty, staff and students. Payment in full is required before orders can be delivered.

Access Images for Personal/Research Purposes

Our e-Delivery service provides reference-quality PDFs materials for researchers unable to visit LSC. We can take photographs on your behalf for 30 minutes, which will get you about 100 images. There is no charge for the service. For more in-depth research, we ask that you hire a proxy researcher. For a list of persons available to take on research projects for private parties, contact us at

Researchers who can visit LSC will be permitted to take unlimited access images of collection materials. These images can only be used for personal or research purposes. LSC staff can provide free PDF access images of certain materials for those unable to image materials during their visit. This service is limited to a maximum of 100 pages.

Digital Images (High-Resolution Scans)

For scanning orders done in-house:

Original scan (flatbed scanner)$15 per image
Original scan (photography)$20 per image
Duplicate scan (digital image already on file)$10 per image
Research fee (if applicable)Waived for the first half-hour; $30 per hour after that

Some jobs must be outsourced to staff at the Southern Regional Library Facility(opens in a new tab) (SRLF) which sets its own prices; a price list(opens in a new tab) is available on its website. Additional charges are listed in the table below:

For outsourced scanning:

Digitization feeDetermined by SRLF Imaging Services
Production fee$30 per order
Research fee (if applicable)Waived for the first half-hour; $30 per hour after that

Duplication of Audio, Film, Videotapes

Our in-house AV reformatting capacity is limited. Requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by our staff. Please submit your request details and we will contact you to discuss options to access content. High-volume requests, rush requests or formats we cannot currently support may be outsourced to a vendor and billed to the requestor at cost.

Production fee$30 per order
Research feeWaived for the first half-hour; $30 per hour thereafter
Duplication fee: film, videotape, audiotape (outsourced)Determined by vendor

Wire Transfer Fees

In some cases, for invoices totaling more than $500, payment by electronic fund transfer (EFT) may be approved. A fee of $45 per transaction will apply for all users.

Contact Us

For questions about LSC e-delivery and duplication, please email us at (opens in a new tab) in a new tab).

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