The Library offers a request service for copies of journal articles and book chapters from our print collections. These are scanned, processed by optical character recognition software so they can be read by screen readers, and then sent to your University email address. The service is open to all students and staff of the University of Bath and to External Members of the Library.
Before submitting your request, please check that your request falls within copyright law limits, being:
Yes. Scanning is free for students and staff. The Printing, Copying and Scanning Guide will explain how to scan.
If you are on campus, this option will be faster than requesting a Bath Copy.
Due to copyright restrictions we can only scan one chapter from a book. If you need more than this allowance you will need to make a reservation. Instructions on how to make a reservation can be found here.
No. Bath Copies can only be fulfilled from the Library's print holdings.
Requests are rejected when they have exceeded the restrictions imposed by copyright law. A request could also be rejected if the date needed by has expired. If you want to query a specific request, please contact a member of the Bath Copies Team.
You will need to request the material via the Inter-Library Loans service. Information about the Inter-Library Loans service and how to make a request can be found here
No. Bath Copies are for your personal and private study only. If the chapter/article is required for teaching (e.g., appears on a reading list) then lecturers should make a Library Scanning Service for academic staff request
Bath Copies and reservations are placed in the same queuing system. The system operates on a first come first served basis so one is not necessarily faster than the other.
The Bath Copies service is staffed Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm. Requests placed outside of these times or during Bank and University Holidays will be dealt with on the next working day.