The Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah is expanding its hours. Beginning Monday June 6 our library hours will be as follows: Monday's & Friday-Saturday - 9:00am-6:00pm and Tuesday-Thursday - 9:00am-8:00pm. Further information will be updated on the FamilySearch newsroom.
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Book Scanning

What is FamilySearch Digital Library Book Scanning?

FamilySearch offers a free, easy service to digitally preserve your family history or a book of genealogical value. We have several book scanning centers located in select partner libraries throughout the United States and Canada, including our own Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. Each center is staffed with volunteers and special book scanning equipment. Patrons can bring written histories to be scanned and published online in the new FamilySearch Digital Library. Digitized books are word searchable, which allows you to search for family names, locations, or other subjects of interest. Most donations can be printed or downloaded as a searchable PDF from the FamilySearch Digital Library.

Copyrighted works must include a signed permission form from an authorized individual before scanning can occur. Permission forms are available in English, Arabic, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. For forms in other languages, please email us at

For questions about having a book scanned or visiting a FamilySearch book scanning center, please email us at

We look forward to the opportunity to scan your written family history!

How are Books Scanned?

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Where are the Scanning Centers Located?

FamilySearch book scanning centers can be found in:

USAArizonaMesa - FamilySearch Remote Operations Center
USAArizonaPhoenix - Arizona State Library
USACaliforniaBurbank -Southern California Genealogical Society
USACaliforniaHuntington Beach - Orange County California Genealogical Society OCCGS
USACaliforniaOrange - FamilySearch Library
USACaliforniaSacramento - FamilySearch Library
USAIdahoPocatello Scanning Center
USAIndianaFort Wayne - Allen County Public Library
USAMissouriIndependence - Midwest Genealogy Center
USAMontanaKalispell -Northwest Montana History Museum
USANew YorkRochester - (Coming Soon)
USAOhioColumbus - Columbus Metropolitan Library
USAPennsylvaniaPhiladelphia - Historical Society of Pennsylvania
USATexasDallas - Dallas Public Library
USATexasHouston - Clayton Library for Genealogical Research
USAUtahSalt Lake City - Family History Library (Coming Soon)
USAUtahPayson - Family History Center (Coming Soon)
CANADAAlbertaCardston - FamilySearch Library
CANADAOntarioOttawa - Library & Archives Canada
CANADAOntarioConcord - Ontario Ancestors (Coming Soon)
ENGLANDLondon - Society of Genealogists
NORWAYOslo - Lørenskog - Norwegian Genealogical Society (Coming Soon)

How to Donate to the Digital Library?

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Book Scanning FAQs

  • I just want the book to be scanned, and I would like the book returned to me after scanning. Where can I send my book?  How do I ask about copyright? If you have a question about your item, or if you need a permission form and the address where you can send the book, please email us at
  • What if I already have a digital PDF of the book?  If you ready to send your PDF to FamilySearch, you can use our online permission form and upload tool found here:  Digital Submission Form.
  • How do I donate the physical book permanently to the Family History Library?  Instructions for how to permanently donate the physical book can be found here:  Family History Library Gifts and Donations Policy.