As an alternative to photocopiers, the Law Library provides document scanners, which allow the option of saving a document as a PDF and/or printing the scanned material to paper.
The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using the equipment is liable for any infringement.
Please note that scanning all or even a substantial portion of a book in order to avoid purchasing a copy is not a Fair Use (see § 107(4)).
Scanned PDFs may be saved to USB flash drives, uploaded to cloud-based systems like your own Google Drive, Box, or Dropbox account, emailed using web-based accounts such as Yahoo or Gmail, or sent to a BYU Pharos printer. For information on how to use the BYU Pharos printer, see Printing for BYU Law Students or Printing for the Public.
The Law Library currently has:
- one KIC Bookeye open-face scanner;
- five flatbed book scanners (1 near the first-floor entrance in the basement, 2 near the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor, 1 in the Reserve Library, and 1 on the 3rd floor near the Rex E. Lee room); and
- two multi-page feed scanners (1 near the Pharos printer on the 2nd floor and another on the 3rd floor near the Rex E. Lee room).
Employees at the Circulation and Reference are trained and ready to assist anyone who needs help with scanning.
Copies of documents on microform can be made as digital scans on the public computer in the Microform area (first floor). Patrons may email those scans on that computer to themselves or send them to one of the Pharos printers to print.