University Digitisation Centre

The University Digitisation Centre digitises Scholarly Collections materials for research, teaching and civic engagement. The UDC also offers advice and training in digitisation, digital collection management and services about converting analogue materials like books, research papers and 3D objects to digital formats for editing, data mining, resource sharing and preservation.

The University Digitisation Centre (UDC) digitises items from the University╩╝s Scholarly Collections to support research, teaching and civic engagement. The UDC  also offers consultation, advice and self-service digitisation options for members of the University community.

Our services include:

  • Digitisation to industry standards of bound volumes, maps, architectural plans, art works, photographs, loose documents and papers, transparencies, slides, film and negatives (Metamorfoze Strict, FADGI 4 star and ISO 19264-1)
  • Extracting text from scanned images to create editable documents or to facilitate text mining
  • High-quality, self-service scanning at no cost (for University business only)
  • Digitisation advice, including technical requirements, specifications and feasibility for grant applications.

Visit the centre


  • ABBYY FineReader OCR server
  • Zeutschel OSQ1 Archive Scanner
  • Zeutschel OS 14000 A1 book scanner
  • Widetek 36Art large format and artwork scanner
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II cameras
  • B Digitisation project planning
  • Flatbed scanner (A3 with transparency adapter)
  • High-resolution digital cameras
  • Photogrammetry expertise
  • Photographic slide/negative digitisation equipment
  • Photographic studio
  • Scientific photographer

User information

Self-service digitisation, consultations and training are provided free to all members of the University of Melbourne community.

Digitisation of Scholarly Collections is available free of charge via the EOI process. For further information, please contact the Centre.

Fee for service digitisation of other Collections materials is available for digitsation conducted by staff of the University Digitisation Centre.  For further information and the rate card, please contact the Centre.

Contact us

University Digitisation Centre
+61 3 8344 6161

Book online using iLab

You can book this resource or platform using the iLab booking system. You will need to create an account before logging in. Access user guides and videos to help you set up an account and navigate the iLab system:

iLab booking system

If you're familiar with iLab and already have a login, visit the University Digitisation Centre Core.

More information on this platform can be found on the Research Gateway, which is available to all University of Melbourne academic and honorary staff, graduate researchers and professional staff. Please note, to access the Research Gateway, you will need to login with your University of Melbourne username and password.

Banner image: A person using a large scanning device. Image by Ben Kreunen