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  • The Microtext Collection

    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. 

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

    • (2) 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. Requires a Notre Dame netID and passcode to use.

    • (2) Cannon Microfilm Scanner 800 has a wide screen, which not only allows for clear viewing of detailed or large-format microfilm images, but also permits dual-page printing.  The MS-800 can scan microfilm or fiche into a digital image directly to the attached PC.  With up to a 600 scanning dpi resolution, the MS-800 will allow you to save the images in the following formats: TIFF, BMP, JPEG, JBIG, PDF depending on which scanning software you use.
  • 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
    Fall and Spring Semesters

    Monday-Thursday: 8am to 12am
    Friday: 8am to 6pm
    Saturday: 12pm to 5pm
    Sunday: 12pm to 12am

    Summer Semester (June -July)
    Monday-Thursday: 8am to 8pm
    Friday: 8am to 6pm
    Saturday: 12pm to 5pm
    Sunday: CLOSED
    Current library hours
  • Email: hesbll@nd.edu
    Phone: 574-631-2889

    Tracey Morton, Manager Frontline Services
    tmorton@nd.edu
    574-631-6824