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Library Collections on 3rd Floor: AudioVisual Materials

AudioVisual Materials/Equipment

Various audio/visual equipment are located at the Checkout Desk, and in collections on the 3rd floor of the Alkek Library.  These include:  a typewriter, microfilm/microfiche reader, LP record albums, LP record player, flash/activity cards, and the slide collection.  Some items are available for checkout, and some can only be used in the library.


If you need an old (relatively) fashioned word processing machine, there is a typewriter that is available for use by the Checkout Desk on 3rd floor.  Plain paper is available, or bring your own.

Flash/Activity Cards

LP Record Player

Find a great record album and want to listen to it?  Stop by the Checkout Desk to use the record player located there.


Microforms are small reproductions of journals, newspapers, or other documents that are produced on film or fiche. Special machines are used to read the print and other information that is contained on one of the film reels or fiche sheets.  This technology was used before electronic databases access for articles.  For more information see the Microforms LibGuide.

Digital Microform Reader located near the Checkout Desk.  The machine can be used to view microfilm or microfiche, and information can be saved to a usb drive or printed off.

Pictured above is a sheet of Microfiche. Tiny pages of an article have been reproduced to save space and preserve the information.  Remember, this technology was used before there were computers to view online journal articles or download full-text PDF documents.