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What Are Microforms?

Microforms are scaled-down reproductions of documents, often newspapers and journals. They are usually in the form of a microfilm reel or microfiche, which is a flat film sheet. Microforms help the library save space when archiving lesser-used resources. Microform reading machines magnify these scaled-down reproductions, and allow you to make copies. 

In Beeghly Library, we store some journals, newspapers, government documents, and primary sources on microform. This guide will give you instructions for identifying these items in the catalog, and show you step by step how to view them using our microform readers. 

Microform Examples

Note: Beeghly Library does not own 16mm microfilm reels. However, if you request this format type through interlibrary loan, you can view these documents using our microform machine.