Digital Archiving Lab

Digital Archiving Lab

The Digital Archiving Lab is part of Simpson Library’s Special Collections and University Archives department. The Lab is located in room 322 on the third floor of the Hurley Convergence Center (HCC) on the UMW campus, and is open by appointment. You may contact the Lab at 540-654-2045.

The mission of the Digital Archiving Lab is to convert Simpson Library’s rare and unique archival materials to digital formats. Using specialized equipment and specifications to properly handle materials, we digitize rare books, manuscripts, photographs, scrapbooks, and more. These digital objects are used to support the research and teaching goals of the UMW community, and can be accessed on many platforms among the Library’s online digital collections. Materials may be digitized on demand, in accordance with the Library’s policies. Visit our scanning services page for more information. To order digital reproductions of Library materials, please submit your request through the form below.

Digitization Request Form

Please use this form to request digital reproductions of items from Simpson Library's Special Collections and University Archives. All digitization services take place in the Digital Archiving Lab in the Hurley Convergence Center. If you have any questions or need assistance to complete this form, please contact us at or 540-654-2045.

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  • Please identify and describe the item(s) you would like digitized. Your description could include the title of an image or book; the author or creator of an item; the call number of an item in the Library's online catalog; or a web link to an item. Note that some items cannot be digitized due to fragile physical condition. If your digitization request exceeds 50 pages, please contact to discuss the project before submitting this form.
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    We will make every effort to complete all digitization requests in a timely fashion. However, due to limited staff time and resources, we cannot guarantee rush service. Digitization services for UMW faculty, staff, and students will take priority over external projects.
  • Notice: Warning Concerning Copyright Restrictions

    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 reproduction. One of these specific 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 the order would involve violation of copyright law.