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Microforms Collections in F.W. Crumb Library

Crumb Library houses a variety of primary materials collections in microforms. This guide will describe our collections, outline how to find and use them as well as the resources you use to determine the content of the collections.


Match the format of your item to the available equipment.  For scanning and saving, prefer use of the ST ViewScans.

  • Microfilm = reels
  • Microfiche = flat, film cards
  • Ultrafiche = flat, film cards - very small
  • Microcard = flat, white cardboard



Use the machine with a reel carrier

Image result for microfilm reel


Microfiche and Microcards

Use the machine with the reel carrier but open the glass plates to insert the card

Use the switch on the lower right to select format type


Use the ST Viewscan without the film carrier


Need help with equipment?

Ask at the Technology or Research Help Desks by the stairs for assistance.


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