Library Digitisation Unit

The Library Digitisation Unit offers a scanning service primarily to the University of Southampton, specialising in the digital capture of images and text from bound and unbound materials in a conservation environment.

The Unit was launched in May 2010 and incorporates the well established BOPCRIS Digitisation Unit. 

Documents suitable for digitisationBookscanners in the Library Digitisation Unit 

  • Books, journals, magazines, ledgers
  • Printed texts, drawings, maps and manuscripts


Available scanning procedures

  • Hand scanning of fragile single sheet materials
  • Capture of pages from bound volumes
  • High volume scanning of single/double sided unbound A4 sheets

Digital Image output 

  • Black and white, grey and colour (1-bit, 8-bit, 24-bit colour depth)
  • True resolution output 200-600 dots per inch (dpi)
  • Output formats include TIFF, JPG, searchable PDF
  • Abbyy is used for ocr of printed texts, including specialist fonts and foreign languages
  • Standard compliant metadata
  • An integrated workflow is utilised to ensure high standards of quality control