Kislak Center
for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

Reprographic Services

The Kislak Center provides photocopying and digital scanning services. All reprographic requests will be assessed by our curatorial staff, and curators may refuse requests due to an item's physical condition, copyright laws, or other restrictions.

Placing an Order

In our Reading Room: please consult with staff when submitting reprographic services requests.  Clearly mark pages being requested, and include a detailed description of your request.  If at all possible, requests should be confirmed with a Reading Room staff member before leaving the Reading Room. Special arrangements may include specific scan resolutions, file formats, delivery and payment methods.

Off-site: Please submit all reproduction requests by emailing our Reprographic Services Coordinator, Eri Mizukane ( Requests should be as specific as possible and should include page numbers as well as titles, authors, and if possible, call numbers.

Turnaround time

All orders are processed in the order they are received.  Approximate turnaround periods vary based on material format and demand, but patrons can expect orders to be completed in four to six weeks.

Pricing and payment

Orders are invoiced once they are completed. We do not require pre-payment for our services.


Photocopies: Fees for photocopies are $0.35 per page (regardless of paper size). Photocopy orders less than 100 pages will include a $5.00 service charge, while orders exceeding 100 pages will be assessed a $10.00 service charge.

Digital scans: Our standard resolution for scanning materials is 600 dpi in either TIF or JPEG formats. Individual scans are $1.00 per scan (regardless of resolution and file format), while complete works (i.e. entire books or collections of manuscripts) are $0.50 per page. Each scan order will include a $5.00 service charge (waived for PennCard holders). We provide a variety of scanning options for patrons desiring electronically accessible facsimiles or PDFs of books and manuscripts. Files can be individually customized depending on patron needs and can be delivered on CD-ROM or electronically. Delivery of digital images by CD-ROM will cost an additional $2.00 per CD-ROM. PennCard holders are exempt from service fees.


All payments must be made in U.S. currency.

Payments by cash, money order, or check drawn on a U.S. bank can be mailed to us at the following address:
Attn: Reprographic Services Payments
Kislak Center
3420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6206

Payments by credit card (Visa or MasterCard) can be mailed to us at the address above or made by calling 215-746-5826.  For your security, credit card information should not be transmitted via email.

Permission to Publish

For most library holdings the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania do not hold copyright. It is the responsibility of the requester to seek permission from the holder of the copyright to reproduce material from the Kislak Center.

Requests to publish the unpublished writings of Theodore Dreiser or unattributed photographs in any manuscript collection should be directed to David McKnight, Curator of Manuscripts ( or 215-746-5829).

Requests to publish material from the Edgar F. Smith Image Collection, the Furness Image Collection, or from printed books should be directed to Lynne Farrington, Curator of Printed Books ( or 215-746-5828).