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PS7000 Cradle Copier

Photgraph of woman using PS7000 scanner.

PS7000 Minolta Cradle Copier
Operator: Julie Zamostny
Photo courtesy of Dean Sullivan

The PS7000 Minolta Cradle Copier is a preservation tool used for scanning fragile or tightly bound books. Books of this nature should not be turned face-down on standard scanners. The design of the PS7000 allows ET2 staff to open the book (right-side up) and begin scanning the document. The software that accompanies the PS7000 enables us to convert scans to PDF or TIFF files.

The PS7000 Cradle Copier is located in Government Information, Maps and Microform Services on the 2nd floor of the East Tower of the IUB Wells Library (ET2).

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I allowed to use the PS7000 myself?
How much do scans cost using the PS7000?
What kinds of things work well or poorly on the PS7000?
What formats will the PS7000 output?
My scanned document is too large to e-mail!  How do I get it?
How do I place an order?

Is there anything you won't scan?
Are there alternatives to the cradle copier?
Who can I contact for further information?


Am I allowed to use the PS7000 myself?

Yes, you may use the PS7000 yourself after receiving some instruction from one of our staff members, as it can be tricky to operate.  If you would like to use the PS7000, we recommend you come in between 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday.

How much do scans cost using the PS7000?

There is no cost for patrons to use the PS7000 themselves.

What kinds of things work well or poorly on the PS7000?

Most books will work. The more tightly bound the book is, the more difficult it is to scan; at the same time, the more appropriate the PS7000 is for the job! Though the PS7000 is a larger format scanner, it is black and white only and the faint details in illustrations, photographs, and drawings are often lost. For things like maps, posters, plans, drawings and other large, flat things, contact us at theward@indiana.edu to inquire about our new map scanner.

What formats will the PS7000 output?

PDF or TIFF files.

My scanned document is too large to e-mail!  How do I get it?

Scans can be saved to a flash drive or CD-ROM.  If that doesn’t work, we can post your scans to the internet for 30 days.

How do I place an order?

We recommend patrons scan their own materials, so they can be assured it will be done exactly the way they want.  If that’s not possible for you, here are the alternatives:

  • If you are affiliated with IU, you need to place your request through Document Delivery Services (DDS).  Request Article Delivery (RAD) is a free service provided by the Libraries that supplies electronic copies from books, journals, microforms, etc., to a web page for IUB faculty, staff, graduate, and undergraduate students.

  • If you are not affiliated with IU, you need to place an Inter-Library Loan (ILL) Request through your local library.

Is there anything you won't scan?

We can print anything so long as it is for scholarly purposes, but we cannot scan more than 10% of a document still under copyright. Unless shown evidence to the contrary, we consider anything published after 1923 (with the exception of U.S. federal documents) to be under copyright.

Are there alternatives to the cradle copier?

There is another overhead scanner located in ET1 that scans in color.  It requires a flash drive.  See a member of ET1 Main Circulation staff for more information.

When it comes to scanning fragile or tightly-bound books, there is no substitute for an overhead scanner such as our PS7000.  However, if you need a different type of scanner, you have a numerous options:

  • ET2 has two large tabloid-sized color scanners.  For more information, ask a staff member.
  • ET2 also has a map scanner.  For more information, contact theward@indiana.edu.
  • The Fine Arts Library has a large 11” x 17”, 48-bit color scanner.
  • The Music Library has two tabloid-sized color scanners.
  • There are letter-sized flatbed scanners available in ET2, the Information Commons, and the West Tower, as well as other Student Technology Centers across campus.  For a list, go to: http://uits.iu.edu/page/avzy.

Who can I contact for further information?

E-mail Kimberly Horne at kijhorne@indiana.edu.


Updated: April 8, 2013



last updated: 4/8/2013