Specialized Equipment

Library equipment is available at the Atlanta campus for academic and research-related projects only. Equipment may not be used to create material for commercial purposes.

Digital Library Services:

  • Overhead Planetary Scanner – Scans 25×35 inches
  • Sheet (Map) Scanner –Scans 108 inches
  • Digital camera for digitizing three-dimensional objects

These are not self-service scanners.  The library will scan for you, free of charge:

  • Up to 100 pages on the overhead scanner
  • Up to 25 oversized items on the map scanner
  • Up to 10 three-dimensional objects

For larger jobs, please contact Kathryn Michaelis to discuss pricing.

Each page requires approximately 5-100 MB, depending on the size and type of document scanned. Plan to bring a flash drive, CDs, or other storage medium to transport your digitized material.

These services are available by appointment only.  To arrange an appointment contact Kathryn Michaelis.

Special Collections and Archives (Atlanta campus):


  • ¼” open reel-to reel tape player (two and full track format; 3.75, 7.5, 15 ips speeds)
  • Turntable (all speeds and sizes – including 16” discs)
  • Cassette player (standard and micro)
  • Digital Audio Tape (DAT) player
  • MiniDisc player


  • VHS player
  • U-matic player
  • Digital Betacam player
  • Betacam SP player
  • Betacam SX player
  • MPEG IMX player
  • Betamax player
  • DVCam and Mini-DVCam player
  • Hi8 player


  • PC Computer that supports 5.25” and 3.5” floppy disks

These services are available by appointment only. Scope of the project and media you will need to provide for the reformatted files (if any) will be agreed upon ahead of time. The library will digitize less than 3 audio-visual items free of charge, but larger jobs will require a fee.  Contact Special Collections and Archives at 404-413-2880 or archives@gsu.edu.

Please note that library staff cannot handle requests for video editing.


For self-service machines:

Notice: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this equipment is liable for any infringement.

For library scanning and re-formatting:

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. If you believe your request is a “fair use,” you must complete a fair use analysis using the checklist available at http://www.usg.edu/copyright.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a reproduction request if, in its judgment, the reproduction would involve a violation of copyright law.


The Georgia State University Library is not responsible for damage to items that may occur as a result of routine handling during the digitization process. Items will be handled in accordance with standard best practices for the care of unique and/or fragile library materials. Special handling requirements may be discussed before beginning a project.

Place a Digitization Request