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 email@example.com.
For questions about having a book scanned or visiting a FamilySearch book scanning center, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to the opportunity to scan your written family history!
How are Books Scanned?
Where are the Scanning Centers Located?
FamilySearch book scanning centers can be found in:
|USA||Arizona||Mesa - FamilySearch Remote Operations Center|
|USA||Arizona||Phoenix - Arizona State Library|
|USA||California||Burbank -Southern California Genealogical Society|
|USA||California||Huntington Beach - Orange County California Genealogical Society OCCGS|
|USA||California||Orange - FamilySearch Library|
|USA||California||Sacramento - FamilySearch Library|
|USA||Idaho||Pocatello Scanning Center|
|USA||Indiana||Fort Wayne - Allen County Public Library|
|USA||Missouri||Independence - Midwest Genealogy Center|
|USA||Montana||Kalispell -Northwest Montana History Museum|
|USA||New York||Rochester - (Coming Soon)|
|USA||Ohio||Columbus - Columbus Metropolitan Library|
|USA||Pennsylvania||Philadelphia - Historical Society of Pennsylvania|
|USA||Texas||Dallas - Dallas Public Library|
|USA||Texas||Houston - Clayton Library for Genealogical Research|
|USA||Utah||Salt Lake City - Family History Library (Coming Soon)|
|USA||Utah||Payson - Family History Center (Coming Soon)|
|CANADA||Alberta||Cardston - FamilySearch Library|
|CANADA||Ontario||Ottawa - Library & Archives Canada|
|CANADA||Ontario||Concord - Ontario Ancestors (Coming Soon)|
|ENGLAND||London - Society of Genealogists|
|NORWAY||Oslo - Lørenskog - Norwegian Genealogical Society (Coming Soon)|
How to Donate to the Digital Library?
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 email@example.com.
- 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.