Scanning and digitising

We offer you various options for digitising printed content from our holdings. You can do this yourself on various devices or we can do the work for you.

Equipment at your disposal

Scan tents

With our scan tents, you can even digitise books and loose documents in high quality via the scan app of your smartphone. The support on the top of the scan tent serves to place the smartphone and at the same time guarantees an optimal viewing angle. White LED strips provide even illumination of the object. For a smooth scanning process, the SLUB recommends the free DocScan app, which is available for iOS and Android devices.

Book scanner

For free duplicating, we also have colour inspection scanners of the model Bookeye 5 V3 (up to A2 format) available. You can use them to transfer printed documents directly to your own USB stick or to your tablet using the Scan2 Pad app(Android/iOS).

Scanner for microforms

Would you like scans of a microfilm or microfiche? This service is provided free of charge by our digitisation device for microforms (location: Central Library, level -1). Information on functions and operation can be found directly on the device.

Order digitisation

eBooks on Demand (EOD)

The SLUB belongs to the network of eBooks on Demand (EOD), a fee-based online ordering service for the digitisation of books. Each eBook is provided as a pdf file. In addition, a reprint of the digitised book in paperback is also offered.

This is how you order an eBook or a reprint of literature from our holdings:

  • Find title in SLUB catalogue
  • If the title is also available digitally, click on the corresponding link and place the order using the order form.
  • A reprint can be ordered additionally.
  • You will receive a request for payment by credit card by e-mail.
  • The cost of an eBook is 25 euros per 100 pages, each additional page costs 20 cents. If you purchase an additional data carrier, additional shipping costs will apply.
  • The price for a reprint is 2 cents per page plus 6 Euro base costs. There are no additional costs for shipping to Germany, Great Britain, Liechtenstein, Austria and Switzerland. Shipping to other European countries costs 6 euros, outside Europe 14 euros.
  • The eBook will then be made available to you as a PDF file for downloading or, on request, sent to you on DVD/CD-ROM. The delivery time is approx. 15 working days.
  • If you have also ordered a reprint, this will be created after payment of the order and sent to you by post. The delivery time is approx. one week.

Media without the eod orderability symbol in the SLUB catalogue can be requested using the form Digitisation requests.

Dresden Digitisation Centre (DDZ)

The Dresden Digitisation Centre of the SLUB Dresden (DDZ) is one of the leading German centres for mass digitisation in public ownership. Valuable materials are gently digitised here with the utmost care.


The DDZ works with various partners on numerous third-party funded projects and is significantly involved in the development of robotics and automation technologies as well as open source software solutions. In addition, it advises and supports institutions in the realisation of digitisation and indexing projects. The DDZ is also responsible for coordinating Saxony's contributions to the European and German Digital Libraries.

Digital projects

eBooks on Demand Tel.: +49 351 4677-643 E-mail:

Dresden Digitisation Centre Digital Library Office Annika-Valeska Walzel Tel.: +49 351 4677-179 E-Mail: Henrik Ahlers (Head) Tel: +49 351 4677-637 Email: