All reproductions of geospatial materials are delivered in digital format. All reproduction requests are placed through your Geospatial account. Please see our Policies and Fees page for information about copyright and reproducing items from our collection, as well as citation guidelines and fees.

Requesting Scans

The FrameFinder tool allows you to search for and download more than 400,000 individual photographs online for free.  If a photograph is not already scanned, you can request that it be scanned from inside the tool.  Because the FrameFinder tool does not represent our complete holdings, you may also use our AP Flights Catalog and the indexes for each flight to identify frames and request scans.  Be sure to also check our image directory for available images before requesting a scan.  See Finding Aerial Photographs to learn how to use the tool and/or our flight indexes to submit an aerial photograph scanning request.


Every effort will be made to complete work as promptly as possible. Depending on the number of requests ahead of yours, we try to turn work out within 7-10 business days.   

Scanning requests for more than 10 air photos must be broken down into separate requests of no more than 10 images.  It may take longer than 10 business days to complete larger orders.

Our digital image files are produced using FADGI best practice guidelines at the 4-star level for prints and the 3-star level for film. 

Prints are captured at 600 ppi using the 16-bit setting and the Adobe RGB 1998 color space. Black and white film is captured at 900 ppi using the 16-bit setting with the Gray Gamma 2.2 color space. Color film is captured at 900 ppi using the 16-bit setting and the Adobe RGB 1998 color space. Film negatives are converted to a positive output. 

All deliverables retain the same resolution as was captured, but are adjusted to the 8-bit setting.


We do a minimum of post-processing on images.  The scanner software will perform minimal sharpening at the time of scanning.  Post-processing includes cropping and de-skewing.  The Digitization Lab’s main concern is to produce a likeness of the original in its current state.  

Scanning Issues

Highly trained and skilled technicians at the UC Santa Barbara Library's Digital Library Development Digitization Lab meticulously inspect and scan each frame to give our customers a quality product. 

Due to the fact that many pieces of the UCSB Library's collection are acquired from different sources, some materials arrive with a variety of issues and problems. This includes film degradation, folds, and tears, brittleness, poor processing or exposure, vinegar syndrome, layer dye loss and fading, staple holes, physical condition, image sharpness - just to name a few! While we cannot control how these materials arrive at the UCSB Library, we can do our best to preserve these pieces from further wear and tear. The Digitization Lab is also diligent about taking care of our materials and their scanners, but issues do arise with the equipment. These issues may include dirt and scratches on the glass scanner aperture, color lines due to pre-scan white balance against the aperture and backing plate, the scanner's inability to handle heavy or thick materials, and color fringing of high contrast elements.