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Technology in the Library

Compliance with Copyright Law

Notice: The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material; the person using the library’s equipment is liable for any infringement.

Details regarding copyright compliance may be found on CUNY's Terms of Use Copyright Website and CUNY's Intellectual Property Policy.


There are 7 touchscreen bookscanners on the table behind the reference desk (directly north of the elevator) on the 2nd floor and a KIC Bookeye scanner in the southeast corner of the second floor near the PQ call numbers (see below for more on the KIC Bookeye scanner).


The library’s copy machine, a Xerox 7120, is located on the 2nd floor near the print release stations.

The Xerox 7120 offers color and black and white copying. Color copies or prints are $0.15.  

Purchase JAMEX copy/print cards from the dispenser near the digital sign close to the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor of the library. Buy the card with a $1 bill, then re-insert the card to add more value. Cards are reusable, but not transferrable to other libraries.

Report JAMEX or library copy machine problems to the library Circulation/Reserve Desk, 212-817-7083 or

For GC affiliates, scanning an item and using a print account is an alternative way of generating a copy.

KIC Bookeye Bookscanner

The KIC Bookscanner was purchased with Student Technology Fees.

The following steps are a quickstart guide using the KIC Bookeye 4 Bookscanner.  For more detailed information on modifying images please read the KIC help guide. You can also access this information on the scanner itself via the Interactive Touch Screen by simply touching the <Guide> tab.


Step 1: Document Placement

KIC systems operate with a variety of scanner models. If the scanner component for your KIC system is a Bookeye 4, notice that the scanner has movable cradles for the left and right side of books. The cradle can be left flat (i.e. at 180°) for scanning flat, unbound material, or raised to 120° for gentle handling of books or other types of bound material that flat scanners may damage.

To scan, place the document in the middle of the scanner bed, aligning the vertical laser guide with the gutter of the book. The ideal horizontal and vertical laser guide positions, as well as where to put your hands, is shown below.

Placing Document on the Scanner Bed

Many bound documents must be held open to get them to lay flat. If you need to use your thumbs to hold the pages down, the scanner’s automatic cropping function will perform best if you make a fist with each hand and hold the book open with your thumbs extended as shown in the image above. The image of your hands will be removed automatically.


Step 2: Copyright Notice

The first time a user touches the <Scan> button, a window with a copyright agreement appears.  Touch <Accept> on the copyright notice to agree with the terms, and the scan session will begin automatically.


Step 3: Scanning Documents

A few seconds after accepting the copyright statement, the first scanned image will be displayed on the display. If the KIC system detects that the document being scanned is a book, the system automatically splits the left from the right pages into two different images. A thumbnail image of each scanned page is displayed at the top of the interactive touch screen. To continue scanning additional pages, touch <Scan>.

Thumbnails with Scan Controls on the Touch Screen; Users may also press the foot pedal, if present, to initiate scanning:


  • Remember that you cannot modify an image until you have scanned it, so first scan and then select Modify and Save/Send (Search PDF, etc.) options.
  • Brightness, contrast, resolution, color, etc. controllers are available under the <Scan> tab.
  • You can preview any scanned image by simply clicking on a specific thumbnail and viewing on the monitor.


Step 4: Saving Scanned Images

To save scanned images to a USB flash drive, plug a USB flash drive into the upper right corner of the cabinet. The system will automatically detect it. Then press the button to save the images tot he USB drive. If you do not insert a USB flash drive, you will be prompted to send to an email address. Save images by pressing the Save Files button on the touchscreen.


After images are saved, touch <Continue Scanning>, <Continue Outputting> or <End Session>.

Note: To save as a searchable PDF, Quick PDF, JPEG, PNG, RTF or other format, click <Save/Send> and then <More Output Options>.

For more information read the help manual below: