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Overhead Scanners for Public Use

by on December 23, 2011

Does anybody have any recommendations for this type of equipment or observations about this type of system.  Please post on this blog or email me at:



National Art Library, V&A

p.s. I have just received the following details on a mini-scanner (January 2012).  The starting price is less than £200 so definitely worth looking into:

Miniscan Brochure v171111

MiniScan Casestudy Christies

Miniscan HDS After Care Service (1)

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  1. Helen Pye-Smith permalink

    For a number of years The National Archives has used Zeutschel book scanners attached to printers for self-service copying. The scanners have a book cradle so bound volumes are well protected, and they are reasonably user-friendly. Our IT department is now developing an in-house system using cameras and PCs, which allow copies of documents (which are Crown Copyright) to either be printed or emailed to the user’s own email address. A similar system is being developed for our library but we are not going to allow the emailing part for library material. Helen.

    The National Archives

  2. LibraryCopyAndScanMan permalink

    Hi Martin,

    We’ve got a Zeutschel book scanner (this one, I think: which is quite basic, a little noisy, has a slightly clunky press button user interface and doesn’t have the highest resolution, but seems to be very reliable.

    We’ve also got the Book2net Kiosk ( which is much more flexible than the Zeutschel, quiet (it’s actually a one shot image capture device – like a camera rather than a scanner), has a touchscreen and good image quality. It can be configured in whatever way you like using either the basic software – great multi-lingual interface and very reliable, but no split page function or multi-page PDF capability or the advanced interface – no end of problems, unstable, looks awful, unintuitive and takes a very long time to print, but can do whatever you want it to.

    This looks very promising: – we’ve tested a pre-production model and it looks good, but can’t speak for it’s reliability in the field.

    Hope that’s some help,

    Damian Nicolaou, Wellcome Library

  3. Eleanor Gawne permalink

    We’ve had a Book2net kiosk scanner since July 2011, which we’re pleased with – we allow readers to make prints from it or download scans onto a USB stick. It’s simple and intuitive to use, and so hasn’t caused any problems.

    National Maritime Museum

  4. Erica Foden-Lenahan permalink

    I’ve seen overhead scanners used by the public at the Landesbibliothek in Oldenburg. I believe it was a Zeutschel. It was compact and, whilst I wouldn’t have put a very old or large book on it, the cradles have got better. It was simple to use either for a printout or for a download. I saw a demo of one at IFLA in 2004 in Buenos Aires as well but back then they were so unwieldy and unaffordable – about 30k euros. Fantastic machines.

    I have also heard good things about Bookeye which, if I remember correctly, has a tabletop version but may go up to A2 flat bed for the item. The book cradle versions are not as big. The German AKMB discussion list featured a question about a year ago and Zeutschel and Bookeye appeared to be the two brands used.

    Erica Foden-Lenahan, The Courtauld Institute of Art

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