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Major research and primary documents collections on microfilm and microfiche at the UTSA Libraries.
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Microfilm / microfiche collections are in the Current Periodicals Room on JPL 4th Floor.  For assistance, ask at the Information or Front Desk on the 2nd Floor.   If you have a specific article in a journal on microfilm, current students, faculty and staff can also request a free copy through Get It For Me


    Microfilm vs Microfiche





      Microfilm & Microfiche Collections

      Listed here are most of the major microfilm and microfiche collections at the UTSA Libraries.  This list is not necessarily complete.  Check UCAT, the UTSA Library Online Catalog, for information on a specific collection or for complete holdings.  Some collections have individual holdings in UCAT.  Other collections rely on print or online finding aids.  Occasionally the title lists are at the beginning of the reels. 


        New Microform Readers!

        Easier, faster, better!

        Quick Start Instructions for guide to the new functions of the readers.


        The new Scan Pro 2000 micoroform reader/scanner handles both microfilm and microfiche.  The units include a fast, high resolution optical zoom lens.  The unit can magnify and scan in various formats including PDF, JPEG and TIFF.  

        Send your print jobs to Print Smart (current UTSA students, faculty and staff only) , download to a flash drive, or email the images.  

        Help: Ask library staff for help locating and using microfilm or microfiche. Microform readers are at both JPL and Downtown.

        Guests or students not currently registered: Ask a staff member at the Front Desk to log you on as a guest to use the micorform readers.  Printing not available for guests but images can be downloaded to a flash drive or sent as attachments to your email account. 


          What is microfilm?

          Printed material that has been photographed and reduced to a film format to help preserve the material and decrease the space needed for storage. The UTSA Library has the special equipment needed to view and print the stored information. Typical formats include microfilm and microfiche. 

          A reel of film containing reduced images of pages in a book, journal, newspaper or other printed material. Reels are readable on special microfilm readers located at both the JPL and Downtown Campus. 

          A flat, plastic sheet containing microimages of pages in a book, journal, newspaper or other printed material and read using a special machine.  Microfiche readers are located at both the JPL and Downtown Campus.

          Ask staff at the Information Desk or Front Desk for help in locating and using microfilm and microfiche. 


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            Jill Elliott
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            Tracy Myers
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            Akiko Bort
            Library Assistant I, Microforms (former)



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