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Scans on Demand FAQs

Documents on Demand is your CMU Libraries interlibrary loan, Scans on Demand, and MeLCat services department.

What is Scans on Demand?
Scans on Demand is the Documents on Demand service that provides pdf copies of CMU Libraries print and microform materials to patrons.

Whenever you need a copy of an article or a book chapter from the library print or microform collections, we will scan it and send it to you as a pdf through your ILLiad Request Account.

Who can use Scans on Demand?
All CMU affiliated faculty, staff and students can use Scans on Demand at this time.

What can be requested?
Any material that can be scanned within the limits of copyright compliance will be provided.
NOTE: Entire books are not available at this time through this service.

How much does Scans on Demand cost?
There is no cost to you or your department at this time.

How do I submit a request?
Make your request through your Documents on Demand ILLiad Request Account. If you are a first time user of ILLiad, you will need to create an ILLiad user account before you can submit a request. Use your CMU global ID as your user name.

Once this is done, you will be presented with a choice of forms for requesting material. Choose the one that best describes the material you need and enter your data.

When will my requests be delivered?
Our goal is to fill Scans on Demand requests from the CMU collections within 1-2 business days.

How do I access my articles or book chapters?
You will receive an e-mail message at your CMU account (your global ID@cmich​​.edu) notifying you that your material is ready for viewing.

Log in to your ILLiad Request Account, scroll down to the "View/Download Electronically Received Article". Click on the button and the red number to the left of it. The article will appear in a PDF file and be available for 30 days. You may view it, print it or download it.

How long does the link to this material remain active?
The link to your requests remains active for 30 days from the day the linking e-mail is sent to you. You may print, download, or view the material during that time.

Please note:

Some publishers require that you only keep digital copies of articles for a limited time. If needed for the long term, please print out and keep your article.

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 reproductions. 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.

This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of that order would involve violation of the law.

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