BookEye & OCR

The VRC is currently closed and unable to accommodate appointments on our BookEye scanner or ABBYY FineReader Pro OCR workstation.

The VRC makes available a BookEye 3 planetary scanner and OCR software to interested campus users with priority given to VRC project collaborators and users from the Humanities Division. A brief orientation by VRC staff members is required before a new user will be authorized to use the scanner. The VRC is committed to accessibility for all of our services and resources. However, our office is located on the second floor of Cochrane-Woods Art Center and accessible only by stairs. If you need an accommodation to access VRC equipment or services, please email

The BookEye can capture scans at a maximum of 600ppi.

ABBYY FineReader Pro

The BookEye uses a custom license of ABBYY as its OCR engine. The VRC also has a standalone copy of ABBYY FineReader Pro that users may use for full ABBYY features or to run OCR on existing digital files.

The Research Computing Center’s Walk-In Laboratory in Regenstein Library, Suite 216 also has a standalone copy of ABBYY FineReader Pro and is open Mondays–Fridays 9am to 5pm.

VRC Policies for BookEye Use

Scanning appointments are available Monday–Friday between 9am and 5pm (Summer hours Monday–Thursday between 9am and 5pm and Fridays between 9am and 2pm) and should be made in advance by emailing with your desired date and time. The VRC will confirm whether that time is available. Please use the BookEye and OCR Calendar page to assist you in scheduling your appointment.

BookEye users must bring adequate external storage to save their scans (or plan to use cloud storage such as Box) and should include file export and transfer time in their appointment reservation. Please note that exporting a large number of pages to PDF can take a long time to export. Scans may not be stored on VRC network or computers.

Scans are automatically saved to the BookEye’s cache and will be permanently deleted from the software no more than 2 weeks after the reservation. The VRC is not responsible for any lost, missing, or corrupted files. 

Users should not store any materials for scanning in the VRC in between appointments unless they have permission from Bridget Madden. 

Please consult our BookEye and OCR Calendar in order to make your reservation.