The library currently has three units available for scanning, reading, printing, and saving microform documents.
Equipment is located at the back of the 2nd floor in the Cayvan Recorded Media area. Help is available from reference staff.
Microforms are images which have been reduced in scale from that which is readable by the unaided eye and transferred to either transparent or opaque materials. Most of the microforms in the Hekman Library are microfilm and microfiche, which are transparencies.
Microfilm is produced in long strips, like motion picture film, and comes in 16 and 35-millimeter sizes. The microfilm strips are loaded on to reels, similar to motion picture film reels, although much smaller. The reels are placed in acid-free boxes, which are labeled with call numbers and limited bibliographic information. These boxes are placed in large cabinets, and each cabinet drawer can hold up to 80 reels.
Microfiche are transparencies that come in either 3" x 5" or 4" x 6" sheets. The microfiche in the library's collection are organized in their drawers alphabetically according to the main title of the eaach collection. Our major collections of microfiche are in the area of the American West.
Opaque microforms include microcards, which are 3" x 5" and microprint, which are 6" x 9". Opaques can have images on both sides while microfilm and microfiche, as transparencies, can have images on only one side. The library no longer owns microcards, with the exception of the Meeter Center on the 4th floor.
Ultrafiche is film with magnification ratios larger than 60. The only collections in this format which the library owns are the LAC (Library of American Civilization) and the LEL (Library of English Literature).