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Last Updated: Mar 06, 2023     Views: 1858


Microfilm preserves fragile documents such as rare books, newspapers and other periodicals by using micro-photography to reduce an image onto a roll of plastic film. Microfiche serves the same purpose but the format is a 4x6" plastic card. (You might see these two formats referred to collectively as "microform".)

Microfilm and microfiche are located in cabinets on the second floor of the Richardson Library, adjacent to room 209. Machines for reading microfilm are located nearby adjacent to the computers and print release station. Ideally, you will already have the exact citation--title, author, date, page--for what you need. If not, consider stopping by the Research Help Desk on the first floor to confirm citation details so you can locate content efficiently. 

A digital scanner attached to one microfilm reader is available for current DePaul student, staff, and faculty, i.e., requires a network login. A USB drive is required for downloading files created. Otherwise, printouts can be made free of charge by anyone. A library staff member will gladly assist you with microfilm; simply ask on the first floor at Access Services.