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Library Scanners: Scanner Help

Starting Out

There are two ways to start a scan. Both begin with placing what needs to be scanned onto the glass bed of the scanner and closing the lid lightly. Next, press one of the scan buttons on the machine OR open up the scanning program known as Book Pavilion on the desktop of the computer. The icon for the scanning program looks like this.

Both will bring you to the main scanning program. It should have a preview of the scanned document is on the left and the options for saving, printing, or re-scanning the document on the right. An example of this is below. The large dark area is where the scanned document will appear

Notice that there is a crawling ant selection box on the outside of the scanned area. You should move this selection box with your mouse to the corners of the document you have scanned, especially if your scan does not take up the whole area. This will save time when printing or saving.

This initial scan is just a PREVIEW of the document and will not save until the proper options are selected.

Saving and Printing Images

Always save your image. This makes it easier to print, attach to emails, or edit later. In fact, the scanning program will not allow you to scan an image fully until you have designated a place to save it.

These are the settings you will be dealing with in order to save your scan.

First make sure that WHERE it is being saved is correct. The ideal place, so that you can access the image again and again, is on your H: drive. If you only wish to print the document and not save the image, then the suggested location of the save would be the desktop, itself. You can access both these places through the "Browse" button, the H: drive found under "Computer."

All documents not saved in your H: drive when you log off the computer will be lost.

Next, make sure that you have appropriately NAMED your image. This could be any file name you want, but make sure you name it something you can find later. This option is right under the save location and the "Transfer" button at the bottom of the program will remain grayed out until there is text in this box.

To save, press which color option you would like and then click the "Transfer" button in the bottom right of the program when the image is done scanning. Your image is saved and you can now print the image by double clicking on it and printing from the default program (most likely Adobe Acrobat). 

Other Tips and Tricks

Scanning Multiple Pages: Sometimes, documents have a front and back or multiple pages. Thankfully, in order to scan these into the same document file instead of separate ones is just a simple drop down box! You can find that drop down box here, in the right column of the scanning program.

Once you select the multiple pages options, you can scan all images to the same save file. The images that are going to combine into one file appear on the far left of the screen. You can either tap the button on the scanner or click the color option in the program to add scanned pages.

We suggest always previewing a scan first, just to make sure that it looks the way you want it to, especially when dealing with multiple pages.

Rotating Documents: Sometimes, the orientation of the document scanned is not the way you'd like it to show up when printed or saved. This is where rotation will help correct a scanned document if you do not feel like repositioning the document on the scanner's glass bed. There are four options, each self explanatory. They can be found here. Rotating on even or odd scans will rotate every other page.

Basic Information

If a problem occurs while scanning a document or book, please ask those behind the circulation desk for assistance.

Note: No public printers in Edmon Low Library print in color.


The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials.

The person using the equipment is liable for any infringement.

For a guide on the Copyright Law, what copying is permitted, and what is considered as infringement see:


Plustek OpticBook A300

The A300 series of scanners are the newest scanners in the library for public use. These scanners are connected to the Kappa printer and found in front of Study Room 102M. They are best for larger scans, as they have a wider scanner bed. They use the program Book Pavilion to scan, print, save, or transfer images.

Plustek Optic Book 3900

The 3900 series are smaller scanners that can be found in front of Study Room 102Q. They are fit for single, letter-sized page documents and are connected to the Theta printer. They use the program Book Pavilion to scan, print, save, or transfer images.