Library Digitisation Unit: LDU

The Library Digitisation Unit provides a digitisation and scanning service to the University of Southampton. We are currently focusing on making School and Library resources available online.

Welcome to the LDU

Library Digitisation Unit staff

One of the book scanners used for digitising manuscripts and books within the Library Archive

What we do

The Unit specialises in the digital capture of images and texts from a range of document types. Using high-end scanning equipment, state-of-the-art workflow software and with extensive staff experience, preservation quality digital files are generated.

The digital resources are made available on-line via existing digital libraries or from University of Southampton repositories or websites.

Documents suitable for digitisation

  • Books
  • Journals
  • Magazines
  • Ledgers
  • Charts
  • Maps
  • Manuscripts
  • Photographs

... can't see your document type here? Contact us to discuss your digitisation needs

Benefits of digitisation

Digitisation of books, manuscripts and pictures is bringing to light a wealth of information that may have laid undiscovered. On-line resources provide the lecturer and researcher with new content to share and explore. New online libraries are being created by pooling digital resources from many source libraries. Digital access to fragile materials reduces management and handling and enables the original to be preserved. Pressures on prime storage space can be eased once the material has been digitised.

What we can do for you

If you wish to use online texts or images to support teaching and research we can:

  •  provide online access via open access sites or the University repositories of many University of Southampton resources
  • generate files in black and white, grey and colour
  • represent true resolution outputs of 200-600 dots per inch (dpi)
  • provide a range of output formats including TIFF and JPG
  • generate searchable PDFs by converting printed texts using optical character recognition software. We can even convert specialist fonts and foreign languages
  • generate standards compliant and industry recommended metadata

Turning the pages

Multi-touch kiosk

One of the key benefits digitisation brings is the ability to open up access to material. The Library shares some of its special collections with students through a multi-touch kiosk, running Turning the Pages software. Turning the Pages software makes it possible to combine digital images of a book into a digital book. The kiosk allows users to interact by touch, in a way that has become second nature from tablet and smart phone use.

Contact us

Library Digitisation Unit
Hartley Library
University of Southampton
SO17 1BJ Telephone: +44 (0)23 8059 8730
Fax: +44 (0)23 8059 5451

Uploaded by the LDU

We frequently add new digital resources to the web which are freely available to the world. These are some of the the most recent:


Our digitisation equipment

Our line scanner uses a powerful camera, low temperature and ultra violet free LED lighting to produce extremely high quality images from originals up to A1

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