Wikisource:Scan Lab

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Scan Lab

A central resource for assistance with creation, downloading, uploading, processing and other operations on scans of texts.

Times have changed, but it still can be hard to put 600 pages in the right order!

If you need help with a scan, add your request in the relevant section below as a new sub-section. If you can, include all the details someone will need to work on the request without further questioning. You can use {{ping project|Scan Lab}} to send an immediate notification to all subscribed Scan Lab members. Once you have been answered, ping only that user when you reply with {{re|Their username}} (do not ping the whole project on every comment).

If your request has been completed, you should acknowledge that your issue is resolved and close the section with {{section resolved|1=~~~~}}.


Add your name to Module:Mass notification/groups/Scan Lab to be notified via {{ping project|Scan Lab}}. Also add your name below with details of any particular tasks you can help with.

Participant Can help with Instructions
  • General scan tasks: scraping/download, batch uploads, scan repair
  • Splitting/combining scan images/photos from a scanner or camera into scan file (with ScanTailor)
  • General scan tasks: scraping/download, scan repair, manipulating DjVu files (but not PDF)
  • General scan tasks: scraping/download, scan repair, manipulating DjVu files (but not PDF)

Requests for downloading scans[edit]


If you would like scans that already exist online to be transferred to Wikisource, leave a message here. This includes batch transfers from the Internet or Hathi Trust for multi-volume works. Please include necessary bibliographic information so that scans can be uploaded to Commons with proper information and license templates. Author, country, and date of first publication. A suggested file name on Commons can also be helpful.

Jane Austen Juvenilia Volume 2 and 3[edit]

Notifying all members of Scan Lab (more info · opt out): (User:Inductiveload, User:Xover, User:Mpaa) The scans of the manuscripts of Austen's Juvenelia are available on here and here. They're both in the PD, but I have absolutely no clue as how to download them. The images are higher resolution than the ones on the BL website, but they're in the zoomify flash format. Languageseeker (talk) 02:58, 2 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • Languageseeker: I know Volume the Second is in the public domain; it’s already been transcribed here. Are we sure that Volume the Third is in the public domain? It could easily fall into a copyright trap, so I just want to make sure. TE(æ)A,ea. (talk) 22:59, 8 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • @TE(æ)A,ea. The British Library has it listed as "Public Domain in most countries other than the UK." Languageseeker (talk) 23:07, 8 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
      So it looks like it was definitely published in 1951 (which would imply copyright expiry in 2001 in the UK as 50 years after publication), which makes the UK copyright claim weird. If true that would postdate the URAA date ... MarkLSteadman (talk) 00:06, 9 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
      That is volume 3 (Evelyn and Kitty the Bower). Volume 1 was published in 1933 (so it was in the PD on the URAA date). MarkLSteadman (talk) 00:19, 9 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Mooresville, Indiana High School yearbooks, 1914–1930[edit]

Notifying all members of Scan Lab (more info · opt out): (User:Inductiveload, User:Xover, User:Mpaa) These scans exist in the form of galleries on the Mooresville High School Alumni Association's Facebook page, and extracting them by hand is tedious enough that I'm hoping someone can do it with a bot. The procedure I have in mind is:

Thanks! —CalendulaAsteraceae (talkcontribs) 01:59, 22 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Finding scans[edit]


Requests for locating scans for existing works at Wikisource, or works you wish to add yourself but cannot find scans for. For general text requests, see Wikisource:Requested texts.

The Criterion Volume 2 and 3[edit]

Notifying all members of Scan Lab (more info · opt out): (User:Inductiveload, User:Xover, User:Mpaa) Would it be possible to locate Volumes 2 and 3 of The Criterion? I'm especially trying to complete The Woman Who Rode Away that began in Volume 3. Languageseeker (talk) 18:36, 23 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Scan repair[edit]


Request repair work on existing scans here.

When requesting page insertion, rearrangement or deletion, always include the page numbers (as marked on the pages) as well as the position of the page within the scan file. This makes it much easier for the repairing user to locate the defect in the file and fix it, as well as allowing a double-check against mistakes.

Please do not use this page to request repairs on works that you don’t really care about: the backlog at Category:Index - File to fix is a known backlog. If you want to help with those, you can add {{missing pages}} to those indexes if they do not already have it, along with details of the missing pages.

Index:Agreement relating to Malaysia (1963).djvu[edit]

Notifying all members of Scan Lab (more info · opt out): (User:Inductiveload, User:Xover, User:Mpaa) Would like to request for the replacement of page 103 of the source file above with page 54 (when you search from the navigation bar) of the pdf ( The page number in the Pustaka Sarawak pdf image is shown as "102" and starts with "Part IV - TRANSITIONAL PROVISIONS ....". Any help is very much appreciated. Thank you. Cerevisae (talk) 07:14, 3 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Index:Kaempfer History of Japan 1727 vol 1 (IA historyofjapangi01kaem).pdf[edit]

Notifying all members of Scan Lab (more info · opt out): (User:Inductiveload, User:Xover, User:Mpaa) This scan is missing two pages (xxvi–xxvii). Also, it would be nice if the images for this volume and the second volume could be regenerated, as they are of quite poor quality. TE(æ)A,ea. (talk) 22:21, 3 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Index:Alumni Oxoniensis (1715-1886) volume 2.djvu[edit]

Notifying all members of Scan Lab (more info · opt out): (User:Inductiveload, User:Xover, User:Mpaa) Pages 482 and 483 of this volume were missing in the original scan; pageholders have been introduced, so all that is necessary is the replacement. That replacement can come from Index:Alumnioxonienses02univ.pdf, which exists solely for the purpose of supplying that gap. So, the missing pages from the PDF should be added in over the pageholders from the DJVU; the transclusion fixed; and the PDF deleted. TE(æ)A,ea. (talk) 23:46, 3 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Not sure I follow, pages 482 and 483 (djvu/99 and djvu/100) seem to be legit images and the 2 missing pages should be inserted between djvu/100 and djvu/101. Or ...? Mpaa (talk) 18:09, 4 December 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

See also[edit]

  • Commons:Graphic Lab at Wikimedia Commons - they can help with general image problems
  • Image extraction - guidance for extracting images from scans
  • Requested texts - general text requests. Many of these also need scans to be located.
  • Category:Index - File to fix - contains indexes that have various defects. Please do add templates like {{missing pages}} if needed to indicate what the problems are, but please do not bring the files here unless you would like it fixed to allow work in the near future.