University of Oregon

Map & Aerial Photography Library

Scanning and Copying Maps

Most maps, aerial photographs, and atlases are for Map & Aerial Photography Library use only. There are many options for getting a copy of part or all of a map. Please check with Map Library Staff before scanning or copying fragile or old maps.


Please bring a USB memory device to save your scans.

  • Flatbed scanners (several 8.5" x 14" and one 11" x 17") are attached to computers in the Map Library and are available to anyone with a UO Login.  One flatbed scanner is attached to a public computer and may be used by anyone.
  • Book scanners located in the first floor copy room (around the corner) can capture map images up to 16"x24."
  • Large sheet scanning (up to 42" wide) is available to get a scan of an entire map.  Drop-off your map at Room 134 in the map area and we will scan it for you within one business day.  A small service fee applies.


Black and White Photocopiers are available throughout the library.


Library printers can print up to 11" x 17" in color. The Libraries are not able to print a full-sized map. The School of Architecture and Allied Arts' A&AA Output Room can print full-sized maps from electronic images. Also, local copy shops may be able to print a full sized map from your scanned image.

Off Campus Access

Oregon University System users (current faculty, staff, students) who are not able to come to the Eugene UO Campus may request to have materials scanned as part of our Aerial Photography Research Service (APRS).  We will charge OUS in-person rates for scanning and deliver the scans via the Internet. Contact APRS staff about fees.

Non-OUS affiliated users and all commercial users may also use the APRS to request scans of maps that are in the public domain (that is, not subject to copyright).  Standard fees will apply.  Fees are charged to cover labor and equipment.

Working on a term paper or Powerpoint presentation? 

The documents below can help you to quickly create or capture cartographic imagery for presentations.

  • Making maps from the web (PDF)
  • Computer Help Desk staff in the Library are happy to assist with flatbed scanners.
  • We have had great success using simple digital cameras in macro mode (often called 'flower mode') to take photographs of atlas pages and small portions of maps.
Created by kstroud on Jun 18, 2012 Last updated Jan 25, 2016
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