Microtext & Media

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  • The Microtext and Media services are located in the lower level of Hesburgh Library. The collection contains microtext materials consisting of microfilm, microfiche and microcards. Microfilms are organized by number, fiche are filed alphabetically by title or author last name in separate cabinets. The government document microfiche are arranged in SuDoc Number order and are located in cabinets along the perimeter of the microfiche area.

    Guides and indexes to individual film and fiche collections are shelved directly across from the microfilm cabinets. The microform guides are in the process of being assigned call numbers and arranged in call number order. 

    Microform collections are included in the ND Catalog. Search using the keywords that best decribe your topic. Limit the Location to Hesburgh Microforms.

    During peak hours, including weekends, a student assistant is on duty to help patrons find and use the collections and the printed guides which accompany them. The assistants will help locate microtext and give instructions on use of readers/printers.

    Printouts from the film or fiche are $.10 a page. Notre Dame community members can use their print quota, or email their scans to themselves at no cost. If you need help and there are no student assistants available, contact a staff person at the first floor service desk. For visitors we have a microtext machine available for their use. Visit the service desk for instructions on its location and use.

  • User Services staff provide training on the locating of materials and the use of equipment. We also offer our services in scanning microtext for our Notre Dame patrons.  For all others, the cost for this service is $0.10 per frame scanned.  You can pay by cash or check.  We do not accept credit or debit cards as forms of payment.  You may receive your scans electronically or in paper formats.

    In order for requests for scanning microforms to be completed, you must fill out a request form at the Service Desk. 

    Projects are scanned in the order they are received and depending on the size of the request, may take anywhere from 24 hours to weeks to complete.  A member of our staff will contact you when your request is available.  
  • Catholic Newspapers

    English Language Newspapers

    Medieval Microfilm & Facsimiles Database

  • The Microtext reading area, in the lower level of Hesburgh Library, offers equipment that allows users to read materials in microfilm, microfiche, and microprint formats.  Patrons have an option to create digital copies of film at no charge or create printed paper copies at a rate of .10 cents per page.  Some machines have Internet access and the entire room offers access to the wireless network.  Current equipment include:

    • (4) ST ViewScan II once the image is identified it can be easily captured and shared any number of ways. These include the familiar print mode, saving to a USB drive (with a port located on the ST ViewScan II), e-mail, and Google Drive. Regardless of the original film capture magnification, ST ViewScan II can capture the image.
      • One station is designated for Visitor use. Internet is not available. Visitor may save scans to a USB drive.
      • Youtube video on how to use the scanner courtesy of the Nebraska State Historical Society.
  • Where are the microtext located?

    Microtext is located in the lower level of the Hesburgh Library. There is a special collection of Microfilm located within the Medieval Institute. For Medieval Institute collections please visit "User Guidelines" and scroll down to Facsimiles and Microtext.

    Where do I pick-up microtext I requested through Interlibrary Loan?

    Microtext items may be picked up from the first floor service desk. At that time, the patron may request assistance with the equipment or fill out a request form for staff scanning.

    Can photocopies of microtext be made?

    Yes, equipment located in the lower level will allow you to view, scan and photocopy microfilm and microfiche. Saving scans to a USB drive or emailing them to yourself is free, printing is available for a fee.

    What is the difference between microfilm, microform and microfiche?

    Microfilm comes on a reel. Microfiche comes on a 4 x 6 transparent sheet. Microforms is a generic term that refers to both.

    The ND Catalog indicates that this journal is available in print and microfilm. How do I know where to look for the year/volume I need?

    Most catalog records list both the bound/unbound volumes and microfilm together, but they can also be broken into a print bibliographic record and microfilm record. To be sure what format you are viewing, you must click the LOCATIONS tab of the bibliographic record and confirm the volume you seek is listed.

  • Service Desk Hours
    Fall and Spring Semesters

    Monday-Thursday: 8am to 12am
    Friday: 8am to 5pm
    Saturday: 12pm to 5pm
    Sunday: 12pm to 5pm

    Intersessions & Summer Semester (June -July)
    Monday-Friday: 8am to 5pm
    Saturday-Sunday: CLOSED

    First floor service desk has extended hours. Please stop by the first floor service desk for assistance after hours.

    Current library hours
  • Email: circ@nd.edu
    Phone: 574-631-2889

    Marsha Stevenson, Visual Arts Librarian

    Tracey Morton, Manager, User Services