Microforms Services

Microforms Services


  • During Fall, Winter, and Spring terms, Microforms is open Monday-Thursday, 8:00am-9:00pm, Friday 8:00am-7:00pm, Saturday, 10:00am-7:00pm, and Sunday 10:00am to 9:00pm. During Spring Break, March 23-March 27, our service desk will be open from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

Use of the Collections and Equipment

MICROFILM is 35 or 16 millimeter film on reels. MICROFICHE are 4 by 6 inch transparent cards. MICROPRINT are opaque cards. We have one scanner that is capable of copying MICROPRINT opaque cards. We have two scanners that can make copies of MICROFILM and MICROFICHE.

There are in current service four reader/printer machines for microfilm and microfiche, four manual and two motorized microfilm readers, three microfiche readers, two Microprint readers, and two ScanPro 1000 Digital Microform Scanners.  

All the Canon reader/printers can make copies from either microfilm or microfiche, and can accommodate either 35 mm or 16 mm film. If you have reading to do before printing, use a reader first and then move to a reader/printer when you know what you want to copy. If you have been using a reader/printer continuously for 1/2 hour, and no other reader/printer is available for a patron who is waiting, staff may ask you to give up the machine to that patron. Reader/printers produce copies for 13 cents each on copy cards (available from Checkout/ Information Desk) or 20 cents in coins (nickels or dimes only, as the machines cannot make change). The coin boxes and card readers on these machines cannot pass money from coin box to card. 

Copies may be made from positive or negative microfilm or microfiche, and different size lenses are available to produce a variety of print sizes. Threading diagrams posted on or near the machines explain how to mount microfilms properly. Do not attempt to service the machines or unsnarl film tangles. Ask the microform staff if you need assistance.

The ScanPro 1000 Digital Microform Scanners feature high resolution scanning for film, fiche, and opaque microcards. Scan and save to the Hard Drive or to a USB Drive. Using your web-based email, compose message, attach images, and send.

Staff is available during Library hours to assist patrons locating materials and using all the machines. Guides, on how to use the scanners and reader printers, are available at all stations when Microforms is not staffed.

Staff will page Oregon newspapers, Monday through Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm, from the Oregon Newspaper Microfilming Project for patrons who need to see issues not yet filmed and no longer in Current Newspapers and Periodicals. If a request is made after 5pm or on a weekend, the newspaper will be available the next working day. Titles being filmed do not include international or national papers, or these titles from Oregon: COOS BAY WORLD, EUGENE REGISTER GUARD, PORTLAND OREGONIAN, and SALEM STATESMAN JOURNAL. For more information on newspapers, see the Newspapers and Genealogical Resources on Microform page.

Interlibrary Loan

Many items in the Microforms Collection are available through Interlibrary Loan. Items may be checked out for eight weeks. There is a limit of six items (six microfilm reels) per non-UO user. Make the request by contacting your local library. We do not loan our microfiche indexes.


Staff will research the collection for you if it is not convenient for you to visit or to use Interlibrary Loan. Searches are $30.00/hr, prorated to the nearest 1/4 hour, plus .25 per photocopy. We are able to scan articles and obituaries, but we do not charge a copy fee. If you provide a complete citation, including page numbers, we will not charge a fee.

To initiate a search, contact the Microforms Coordinator, Tamara Vidos Glencross. The reference email address is <microform@uoregon.edu>. The telephone number is (541) 346-1885, and the mailing address is Microforms, University of Oregon Knight Library, University of Oregon, Eugene OR 97403-1299. Send the following information, as completely as possible:

Obituaries: full names(s), date of birth, date of death, date of burial or cremation, county of death, name of spouse.

Articles: Author, title, subject, date, publication, city of publication.

    Be sure to specify a limit (one hour, two hours, etc.). Send no money in advance; a bill will be mailed to you with the results.

    Newspaper microfilm purchases

    The Oregon Newspaper Microfilming Project is a cost-recovery operation and keeps its film prices as low as possible. Please direct inquiries about purchasing microfilm and the filming of Oregon newspapers to ONP/Image Services, 541-346-1879, schmautz@uoregon.edu.

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    Created by tamarav on Jun 18, 2012 Last updated Mar 12, 2015