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Reading Lists @ Strathclyde (Staff): 7. Request Digitisation

Digitisation guidelines

The Library can digitise extracts, chapters and articles under the terms of our CLA/HE licence and add these to your reading list. If the Library does not stock the source material then we can often purchase a copyright-cleared digital copy from the British Library. 

We are restricted in how much we can scan eg. we cannot make available scans of entire books on Myplace. For items covered by the CLA licence (most books published in the UK and many books published internationally) we can scan and make available one chapter or 10% whichever is the greater. For books not covered by the licence we can scan much less. Once a request has been placed we will check the extent limits and will contact you if we have any questions. In some cases it can be possible for the university to purchase permission to scan and make available additional pages from a book. In this case there is an annual, per student, per page charge which the Library would need to pass on to the requestors department. If your students require access to more than 10% of a work we will be happy to get a quote for the additional charges before proceeding. Alternatively, our subject librarians may be able to suggest an alternative title, held in Library stock, containing the same or very similar information and from which we can make a scan under the CLA licence.

We will not process digitisation requests for works which are already available from the library in an electronic format (e.g. an ebook or ejournal).

See the help page on Copyright for more information - As a general rule, link to electronic resources and do not upload your own scans to the VLE or your reading list.

If you need assistance, contact

How to make a new Digitisation request

Step 1:

View the print copy citation in your reading list and select Request Digitisation

Digitisation request button














Step 2: 

Complete the digitisation request form.  

Digitisation form


















Step 3:

A Digitisation Sent tag will now be displayed.

Digitisation sent






When the scan is ready, library staff will update the citation with a link to the scan. 

Scans which have already been made by the Digitisation Service


You may find a previously added scan in a reading list that has been requested by a fellow instructor.  

Digitisation scan available



Example of reading list citations with scans attached.








Where the book/journal article does not appear in the reading list we will add the scanned item to a Reading List Section called 'Scanned Extracts' at the end of the list. You can move these citations to the correct section or delete it as required.

Scans may be added to other locations/documents, eg. VLE, Powerpoint slides, etc. Contact the Digitisation Service to request links or if you have any other enquiry. Please note, links are specific to the class for which the scan has been created. If you wish to use the same reading for two or more classes please contact the Digitisation Service and staff will provide you with individual links for each class.

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