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If you have a question about library research, please email rauner.reference@dartmouth.edu or use the Ask a Librarian form. Our staff is happy to provide reference assistance. This includes answering questions about the collections, making research scans of materials in the collections (see details below), and helping to identify items that are relevant to your work.

Rauner Special Collections Library provides both research-quality and publication-quality reproduction services for those needing scans of special collections materials. We are unable to provide paper photocopies or physical prints of any of the materials in our collection. However, there are many retail print shops or business supply centers that can easily generate hard copies from digital files.


  • We are happy to provide up to 200 color PDF scans per researcher for no charge.
  • Additional scans can be made on-site in our reading room for free by researchers or their proxies. Please contact us in advance for more details.


  • We can create up to 20 publication-quality images per researcher. If you need more than 20 publication quality scans, please contact the Special Collections Librarian for Teaching and Scholarly Engagement.
  • We do not charge use fees, but there is a labor cost for each scan:
    • Dartmouth affiliates and federally-funded projects or organizations: $5 per scan.
    • Non-Dartmouth researchers: $20 per scan.


  • Please submit requests in person or via our e-mail.
  • If requesting publication-quality scans, please complete and submit this form to our email.

Please remember that the scans we supply are intended for your personal research use only. If you plan to publish images of materials in our collection and have questions about permissions, please visit our Guidelines for Publication Permission webpage. Also, our Copyright Information webpage contains more information on displaying, reproducing, or publishing copies of items from the collection.

We understand that this process can seem complicated. If you have any questions, please contact us via the email listed above.