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Microforms Research

Major research and primary documents collections on microfilm and microfiche at the UTSA Libraries.

Government Documents Librarian

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Rita Wilson
UTSA Libraries -- Main Campus
One UTSA Circle
San Antonio, Texas 78249

Microfilm vs Microfiche

Reel of microfilm


Microfiche sheets


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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 UTSA Library Quick Search Catalog, for information on a specific collection or for complete holdings.  Some collections have individual holdings in our Catalog.  Other collections rely on print or online finding aids.  Occasionally the title lists are at the beginning of the reels. 

Microform Readers

microfilm reader screen

The UTSA Libraries has microform readers at both the Main and Downtown Campus Libraries. (Downtown Library currently closed.)

Guest users need to use the generic login to use the reader. It is printed on the instructions by the microfilm machine,

The John  Peace Library at the Main Campus has a ST View Scan III from STimaging located on the 2nd Floor.  More details from STimaging.  Quick instructions available next to the scanner.

Downtown Library has Scan Pro 2000 microform reader/scanner which 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.  Microfilm reader


Location of readers: Microform readers are on the JPL 2nd floor and Downtown Campus.

The microforms reader in JPL has been moved over to the Scan Spot area in the North Commons. The log-in/password info is next to the computer.  Patrons should turn off the computer when they finish using it.


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 Libraries 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 (2nd Floor) 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 (2nd Floor) and Downtown Campus.

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

Other sources of microfilm / microfiche