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Research Tools | Scan Tent

The Library offers tools that researchers can use in their research, including the ScanTent. Using the ScanTent, you take high-quality images with your mobile phone of both loose and bound material up to A3 size.

Person uses Scan Tent to make scans of heritage materials
Photo: Monique Kooijmans

The Scan Tent

The Scan Tent comes with:

  • Transportbag
  • Tent
  • Floor mat
  • 4 tensioning / tent poles
  • LED light tube
  • Non-slip phone mount
  • Adapter + cable

You can use the ScanTent either with or without an app. With the app you can easily save and edit your photos and upload them to Transkribus (a platform for digitisation, AI-driven text recognition and transcription).

Download via Play Store or Apple Store. You can also scan the QR code on the tent to download the app.

Usage and borrowing

There are two ScanTents in the Reading Room of the Allard Pierson, especially for making images from printed and handwritten material.

There are also two ScanTents available for loan, max seven days. Would you like to borrow a ScanTent? Send a request to the Reading Room desk via the contact form.

House Rules

When using the ScanTent, some rules apply:

  1. Photographs may be taken of the material handed over in the Reading Room, provided the condition of the material allows it. Take a look at the House Rules of the Reading Room as well.
  2. No flash or tripod may be used.
  3. Please observe copyright law when scanning.

Requesting scans

UvA students and staff can also request digital scans or have reproductions made of heritage materials. More information can be found on the Request scans webpage.