Everyone once in a while, you will find information that is contained in microfilm or microfiche. We don’t buy very much microfilm or microfiche any more, but you will still find some records in the catalog where we only have the item in this format.
For example, here are some records you could find in our catalog.
|Location||Microfilm Lower Level|
|Call Number:||FILM P 779|
History of West Point, and its military importance during the American Revolution [microform] : and the origin and progress of the United States Military Academy. Boynton, Edward Carlisle, 1824-1893. Freeport, N.Y. : Books for Libraries Press, 1970.
What are these things?
Microfilm is essentially 35mm photographic film that was used to take images of the pages of a book, a periodical volume or a newspaper. The reel of film is then duplicated and sold to libraries. Microfiche are flat sheets of photographic film about 4×6 inches in size.
Where are they located?
They can be found on the lower level of the library near the base of the main stair well.
How do I extract the information from it?
We have two machines (Canon Microfilm Scanner 300) on the main floor of the library where you can create copies of the pages by scanning and printing from it, or you could save the scans as images or as a single PDF document. (They are located under the Writing Center on the map.) Once you scan your document, you could either save it to a flash drive, a CD-ROM, or email it to yourself. Please use the instruction manual when you use the scanners. Here are some YouTube videos that might help you use them.
We are getting some new scanners, but the general concepts of loading the film and scanning the pages will remain the same. Please let us know if you have any questions finding microfilm or using the equipment.