You can always take pictures on your phone or with a camera (just keep your flash off). We also have three types of scanners available for you in the reading room. See below for information on which option will work the best for you.
Anytime you make scans, find a way of keep track of where you got the document from. It'll save you time later on when you want to find it again or cite it. Your team may want to use something like this spreadsheet where you can collaboratively record information about important sources you find while doing research and link to where you saved scans.
This scanner is at the front of the reading room. You can save your files to a flash drive or email them to yourself.
Good for: Books and other bound volumes, multi-page documents, items up to 17x24
Not good for: Photographs
Resolution: 100 - 600dpi, 200 by default
File formats: PDF by default, options for JPG, PNG, and searchable PDF
Use it when: You want copies of something you found so you can look at it again later or share it with your teammates.
Good for: Standard-size paper documents
Not good for: Documents larger than 8.5x11, books
File formats: JPG, PDF, TIF, PNG, BMP, or GIF
Use it when: You have a lot of documents you're going to want scans of.
Epson Flatbed Scanner
This is on table 13, towards the back of the reading room. We don't have a computer to go with it, so you'll need to bring your laptop and install the scanner driver on it.
Good for: Photographs and flat, single-page documents. If you have a document that is stapled together, ask us and we can remove the staples for you.
Not good for: Bound volumes
Resolution: 300 - 2400 dpi
File formats: JPG, TIF, PNG, BMP, PDF
Use it when: You want a high-resolution image to put on a website or publish