Equipment Available

Available for use in Special Collections by researchers are

Sundial (oddly) in the shape of a sandal . From Mario Bettini, Aerarium philosophiae mathematicae, 2 vols. (Bologna: Typis Io. Baptistae Ferronii [etc.], 1648). Department of Special Collections, Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Sundial (oddly) in the shape of a sandal. From Mario Bettini, Aerarium philosophiae mathematicae, 2 vols. (Bologna: Typis Io. Baptistae Ferronii [etc.], 1648). Department of Special Collections, Memorial Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • a book-edge scanner appropriate for some Special Collections materials (email the results to yourself or bring a USB flash drive to take away the files)
  • a copy-stand, for use with either conventional or digital cameras
  • a Hinman collator
  • microfilm and microfiche readers
  • black and white printer with debit card reader
  • wireless Internet access
  • a device for closer examination of watermarks
    …among other specialized equipment.

Overhead Color Scanner

We invite you to use our Indus Book Scanner 5002, capable of producing digital images in color, grayscale, or black and white (in .tif, .jpg, and .pdf file formats) of originals up to 16″ x 23″ in size. This overhead scanner can be used safely for many of our rare books and manuscripts — please ask at the Special Collections desk before using. The scanner is configured to save image files most easily to a USB flash drive — please bring your own. UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students may wish to upload image files to the campus version of Box; using other dropbox services may be another option.