Over one million items are contained in the Microform Center located near the Maag Cafe on Maag Library’s Level 3.
Microforms represent printed material that has been photographed and reduced in size to save storage space. Microforms require a machine, a reader, to read the print information and a reader/printer to create print copies.
What Types of Materials Are the Microform Collections?
The collections include over 300 newspapers, 1,600 periodicals, 144 special collections, plus rare books and personal papers in a variety of fields. For more information about Microform collections, look below and at the related pages
Most microform titles are listed online in the MaagNet/OhioLINK catalogs while many others can be researched in the print indexes in the Microform Center. Please feel free to ask Maag staff for assistance.
Call Numbers of Microforms
Most microforms are arranged by a numeric call number. Unlike the Library of Congress system used in most of the library, the call numbers are not subject related so it is even more important to have the correct call number to direct you to the proper file cabinet(they all look alike!). The microform collection is arranged by format.
For example: Micro film 001, Micro film 002, etc. Micro fiche 001, Micro fiche 002 - for special collections.
Micro film X001, Micro film X002, Micro fiche X001, Micro fiche X002, etc. - for periodicals, newspapers, and other serials, an “X” is placed before the number.
How to Make a Copy of Microform Materials
Copies of most microform materials can be obtained from our three reader/printers. They are available on a first come first serve basis and can be utilized with self service or with staff assistance.
Everything Old is New Again! Digital Microform Copier Available in the Maag Microform Center
Think green! Use our digital microform reader/printer to save microform images of a newspaper article to a disk, jump drive, or e-mail it to yourself. Most of the one million items in the Microform Center can be accessed in this manner. Stop by the microform desk, Reference desk on the main level or contact the Microform Librarian if you need any assistance or a demonstration.