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All About Hein’s Digital Services


From reprinting to microfiche to HeinOnline, William S. Hein & Co., Inc. has spent more than half a century successfully delivering high-quality documents to the research community across the globe. As libraries begin to evaluate ways to bring their unique historical collections to the larger online research population, the Hein Company is here to help and share our expertise. We understand how to digitize based on document type, we can recommend the most cost-effective approach to document conversion, and we are available to digitize your holdings into an image-based, fully searchable format. Watch this short video or keep reading to learn about Hein’s digital services.

Services We Offer

At William S. Hein & Co, Inc., we offer a diverse range of services tailored to meet your unique needs for digitization.

Why HeinOnline?

Our expertise is unmatched, with a track record of digitizing over 200 million pages, showcasing our exceptional skills in preserving diverse and extensive collections. With over 30 years of experience in the field, we bring a wealth of knowledge and a deep understanding of digitization processes to every project. What sets us apart is not just our technical proficiency, but also the trust bestowed upon us by renowned libraries. Libraries entrust us with their rare and invaluable content, recognizing our commitment to the preservation of knowledge. Moreover, our dedication to staying at the forefront of technology is evident through our extensive research on state-of-the-art equipment and techniques. We continually invest in cutting-edge technologies, ensuring that our digitization methods are not only efficient but also of the highest quality.

HeinOnline is a premier research database built off library contributions. We’re a customer-first vendor. If you have special content you’d like to have digitized and added to HeinOnline, let us know.

What’s more, with a subscription to HeinOnline, you can save your shelf space and access your content in a user-friendly platform with unique artificial intelligence tools and research aids to help both the novice and expert researcher.

Our Scanners

Let’s take a closer look at the various scanners and their specialties.

Bound Book Scanner: Kirtas Scanner

Worried about your rare and fragile books? We have bound book scanners to handle delicate books and documents and have scanned books dating back to the 1600s.

>> See it in action

  • More rare and delicate books
  • Operated by a trained human
  • Books are opened to only 110° and do not need to be unbound
  • Secure shipping containers available upon request 
  • Books returned to you in the same condition as we received them

Bound Book Scanner: DL-Mini

>> See it in action

  • For less delicate books
  • Automatic book scanner
  • Detects double pages and automatically retries page pickup
  • Up to 1,400 pages per hour (max speed of 1,500 pages per hour)
  • Flexible algorithm finds the best way to separate pages and ensure one page turn at a time
  • Automatic detection of book size

Unbound Book Scanner: Kodak Scanner

>> See it in action

Are you comfortable with dismantling your document’s binding to digitize? Our experts will carefully remove your material from its binding and send it through our high-speed Kodak scanner, providing a faster and more cost-effective service for your less delicate material.

  • High volume throughput provides the processing speed, smooth paper flow, and document handling versatility
  • Organize large, multi-batch jobs with Intelligent Imprinting and simple patch-counting
  • Listens for problems and alerts you before they become jams or misfeeds

Microfilm/Microfiche Scanner: Flex Scan

>> See it in action (microfiche)

>> See it in action (microfilm)

The Flexscan 600 is for both microfilm and microfiche.

  • Uses superior camera technology that produces incredible speed, precision, and uniform output
  • Digitized images are sharper with better edge definition because the scanners use fiber optics as their light source, eliminating hot spots and uneven lighting.
  • Can scan 5 rows of fiche in just 14 seconds and an entire roll of film in less than 5 minutes

Who We’ve Worked With

We have worked with both local and nationwide institutions to provide various digital service projects including annual reports, history of Supreme Court documents, legislative histories, newspapers, yearbooks, catalogs, and other miscellaneous materials. Here is a list of just some of the institutions we have worked with:

  • Buffalo & Erie County Public Library
  • Buffalo History Museum
  • Canisius College
  • Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library
  • Covington & Burling
  • Cypress Point Club
  • DePaul University Law School
  • D’Youville College
  • Litchfield Law School
  • Meagher & Flom LLP
  • Niagara County Community College
  • Niagara University
  • Seton Hall University Rodino Law Library
  • St. Joseph Collegiate Institute
  • Temple University
  • University of Mississippi School of Law
  • University of North Carolina Law Library
  • USGA Golf Museum and Library
  • Yale University
  • …and many more!
“We at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library have had a working relationship with William S. Hein & Co. for 12 years or more. In exchange for us batching and releasing books that have been identified for scanning and inclusion in their legal databases, we receive digital copies of all of those books and have requested many special scanning projects over the years. Our specially requested scanning projects have included multi-volume scrapbooks for local historians, some rare books for remote scholarly researchers and poor house ledgers for genealogists. Hein has scanned many items for our rare book exhibits too, including our valuable copy of The Federalist, a locally prominent woman’s 1920’s diary, and, most recently, a landscape architect’s book with difficult-to-capture “before and after” tabbed overlay illustrations. We trust the people at Hein with our rare and valuable material because we know they keep our materials safely and always handle them with care. Without a full-time scanning operation in our library, the digitization of the materials mentioned would not have been possible. We are grateful that the people at William S. Hein & Co. are willing to digitize our special collections whenever we have a need for this.”
Amy J. Pickard, Rare Book Curator, Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

Contact Us

The Hein Company is here to offer our expertise to discuss the advantages and process of digitizing your collections, and to recommend the most cost-effective method. We can also discuss hosting solutions and ways to make your material discoverable to your patrons by adding metadata for increased ease of searching.

Contact Noah Short today for a pre-purchase consultation.

Noah Short

Senior Manager, Digital Production
Toll Free: 1.800.828.7571

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