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How to use our three microfilm/microfiche machines and locating resources at Alkek Library

Microforms and more......

Microforms, Newspapers, and Periodicals



Microforms are any forms, either films or paper, containing micro reproductions of documents for transmission, storage, reading, and printing. Microform images are commonly reduced to about one twenty-fifth of the original document size. For special purposes, greater optical reductions may be used.

All microform images may be provided as positives or negatives, more often the latter.

Three formats are common: microfilm (reels), aperture cards and microfiche (flat sheets). Microcards, a format no longer produced, were similar to microfiche, but printed on cardboard rather than photographic film.

All microforms have been relocated to the ARC (Archives and Research Center).


ARC (Archives and Research Center)

Checking out materials from the ARC:

The ARC is an official checkout point for Texas State University Libraries materials. Items housed at the ARC may be requested for checkout through the online Library Catalog. These materials can also be requested for delivery to the Alkek Library or the Round Rock Campus Library. Materials from those libraries may also be requested for pickup from the ARC. For more information about requests for pickup, please visit this Alkek Library web page.

Turnaround time:

Most items requested for delivery to or from the Alkek Library will be available within one business day of the request submission. However, please allow for a 72-hour turnaround time so that microform may acclimate to correct tempature. 

Specialized Collections Librarian Assistant

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Hithia Davis