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Two gloved hands are holding a light table on which is placed a large format, black and white photographic negative

The Digital Production Group (DPG) produces high quality digital images of items in Stanford Libraries' collections for faculty, staff, and curatorial needs. We manage and operate four digitization labs staffed by highly skilled professional imaging specialists and student assistants. Our labs are capable of converting a wide variety of traditional library materials to digital formats, including printed books, journals, fine art, photographic prints and negatives, maps, manuscripts, and more.

Digital Production Group

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A rare book is open and placed under glass on a v-shaped book cradle. Computer screens on other side display images of the book pages that have been scanned.

The BC100 is used for manual book scanning. It can handle most rare and fragile bound volumes.

Small copystand with a overhead camera above and two studio lights on either side

Rig 1 - for high res capture of a wide range of material types

Wide, low table with a overhead camera above and two large studio lights on either side

Rig 2 - the big rig for high res images of maps and large flat items

Large copystand with camera mounted and two large lights on either side

Rig 3 - integrated with Conservation and Special Collections workflows

Open book set within a glassed in digital scanner with a page being turned mechanically with a straight metal arm

The DL1 scanner (AKA "the robot") - scans bound volumes automatically up to 600 pages per hour.

Close-up shot of scanner where large items, like a poster, can be scanned to create a digital image file.

Large format scanner - for high-speed, research-quality scans of maps, posters, blueprints, etc.