The Microtext collection is located in the lower level of Hesburgh Library. The collection contains an 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.
Frontline Services staff provide training on the locating of materials and the use of equipment. We also offer our services in scanning microtext for patrons. The cost for this service is $0.10 per frame scanned. You can pay by cash, check, FOPAL, or for ND students - bill their university student account. 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 First or Lower Level Service Desk.
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 includes:
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.
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
|Summer Semester (June -July)
Monday-Thursday: 8am to 8pm
Friday: 8am to 6pm
Saturday: 12pm to 5pm
|Current library hours|
Tracey Morton, Manager Frontline Services