- Tell me how to determine what to scan? We scan books that meet our Gifts and Donations Policy, are in the public domain or have appropriate permission, and that FamilySearch does not already have.
- I have a book that is within copyright, will you scan it? FamilySearch may scan copyright protected books with signed permission from the copyright holder. Access the permission form here.
- Where can I take a physical book to have it digitized? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a location near you.
- How do I donate my book if it is in a digital format? See the Digital Submission Form here.
- What is the difference between the records and the Digital Library (books)? Why are they separate? Records are for items that were not published, mostly primary sources. The Digital Library (books) is composed of items that have generally been published and are compiled from secondary or tertiary sources. They are separate because they are processed and published in different formats.
- How do you search the Digital Library? Primarily by title, author, and keyword. For additional tips, see our wiki page: Digital Library Search Tips. You are also able to find content by searching the FamilySearch catalog. If the content has been digitized, there will be a URL to take you to the digitized resource.
- Can I print from the Digital Library? You may download books that are public domain or full permission. Navigate to the book you would like to print, open in viewer, and select the download button to download the book to your computer. Once the book is downloaded to your computer you can print it.
- Why can't I view protected books/items online? Where can I view them? These books are under copyright and therefore not viewable on our site. When you perform a search using a search term you can see snippets of copyright material. If the material looks of interest to you, you can find the physical book at the owning institution, usually the Family History Library.