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Microforms FAQ

What are microforms?

Microform is physical storage medium for miniaturized text and images. Microforms include microfiche, microfilm, and microcard. Special equipment, often called a reader-printer, is required to view, print, or digitally scan microform content.

What is microfiche?

Microfiche is a sheet of transparent film for storing miniaturized text or images. Microfiche varies in size, but a common dimension is 4x6 inches. Depending on the image reduction ratio, a sheet of microfiche may contain the equivalent of approximately 100 pages of printed text.

What is microfilm?

Microfilm is a roll of film for storing miniaturized text or images. Microfilm can be 16 mm or 35 mm wide. One roll of microfilm can contain the equivalent of hundreds of pages of text.

What are opaque microcards?

Microcard, also known as micro-opaque, is a sheet of opaque card stock for storing miniaturized text or images. A common size for microcards is 6x9 inches.

What is ultrafiche?

Ultrafiche is similar to microfiche, but the images are much smaller, so a higher magnification is required to view the content. Cook Library has only one collection stored on ultrafiche, the Library of American Civilization.


Guide to Microforms in Cook Library

This guide provides an overview of the microform collections and equipment in Cook Library. The guide helps to identify different types of microforms, locate microform material in the library, and view and scan microforms using the available equipment.


Location of Microforms in Cook Library

The microform collections and equipment in Cook Library are located in Second Floor South, room 209.

Click on the link below to view a map of the Cook Library 2nd floor.

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Get Help

The microform area is not staffed, however, assistance is available upon request.

Help with Equipment

The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service is located next to the microform area and ILL staff will assist patrons during ILL hours of operation, typically Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

When ILL personnel are not available, patrons may request assistance at the Circulation Desk located in the first floor lobby. For your convenience, a special telephone is available in the microform area to report equipment problems and request assistance. Look for the white phone to the left of the ILL service desk.

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