What are Microforms?
Microforms reproduce materials in a long lasting format that saves space. The Library has over 4 million microforms in different physical formats, including:
Microfilm (reels of film):
Microfiche (flat plastic sheets):
Microcard Opaque (flat sheets of paper):
which requires a special adapter that can be borrowed from the first floor AskUs desk:
What can be found in the TAMU Libraries microform collection?
Visit the collections tab above to learn more about what is in our microforms collection.
How can I look up microforms?
You can use LibCat, our library catalog, to locate microforms as you would with other library materials. However, be aware that many materials can only be found using some specialized indexes, such as the "Guide to the Microform Collections in the Sterling C. Evans Library" which can be found on the collections tab above.
Some microform sets are accompanied by a guide or finding aid. A guide lists what material is on each reel or fiche, similar to a table of contents. Many guides also include a subject index. The microform guides are shelved near the microform cabinets.
For assistance in determining what microforms the Library owns, visit the librarians in the Consultation Area on the first floor of the Evans Library or call 979-845-3731.
You can also make an appointment with a librarian to discuss your research.
Can I check microforms out?
Most microforms can be checked out from the library for the same length of time as their print equivalents. The library will also loan most microforms to other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Portable microfiche readers can also be checked out by researchers affiliated with Texas A&M.
How can I digitize the microforms?
Scanners with computers are available to digitize pages from microforms at no charge.
You can then save the data to a USB drive, or email the file to yourself. Students can print copies using their OAL print allocation. The nearest OAL printer is located on the second floor of Evans Library near the microtext collection.
Digitizers and the microform collection are located on the second floor of Evans Library. For help using the digitizing equipment, visit the Ask Us Desk on the first floor of the Evans Library or call 979-845-3731.
WEST CAMPUS LIBRARY
There is also a digitizer and some microforms located on the first floor of West Campus Library. For help using the digitizing equipment, visit the Ask Us Desk on the first floor of West Campus Library or call 979-845-2111
You may also request copies of materials in microform through Get It for Me. Subject to that service’s guidelines, the item will be scanned into a digital format for your use. In general, staff cannot digitize entire microforms.
Some microforms are also available in electronic form. For help in checking whether digitized versions exist of microforms, contact the librarians in the Consultation Area.
Help! I need somebody!
For your convenience, we have placed a phone in the microform area on the column by the desk. You can pick up the receiver and it will call the first floor AskUs desk. We are here to help!