Bobst Library Microform Collection
Readers and Printers
The Microforms Center is located on the Lower Level 2 (LL2) in Bobst
Library. It is a central facility offering access
to a variety of materials in many disciplines -- from
19th century newspapers to Time Magazine
to dissertations; from collections of early scientific
monographs to British Parliamentary Papers. The Center
is designed for self-service access, with staff on
hand to locate materials or help with the equipment.
Microforms do not circulate.
Two machines allow users to scan microfilm and microfiche images and save them to Zip disk. While the scanning software does not allow users to manipulate images, the saved images can then be manipulated using an image editor.
These new machines also print microfilm and microfiche pages in the same way that the older machines do. There is no charge to save digital microfilm images.
and journals on microfilm
Locating Microforms in Bobst Library
Microforms are included in BobCat and most are located
in the microform center (LL2). They are organized
by format (i.e. microfilm, microfiche, and microprint/card).
Within each format they are divided by the type of
material (periodical,dissertation, etc.). They will
generally be organized alphabetically by title or
numerically by their film number, which should appear
in BobCat. Examples of some high-use items are:
CONTEMPORARY NEWSPAPERS (New York Times, Washington Post,
Village Voice, etc.) and contemporary magazines and journals (Newsweek, Scientific American,
American Historical Review, etc.) are filed alphabetically in the Microforms Room (the west room of the center).
MICROFICHE is shelved in the Microforms Reading Room, along the sides of the room. As of 1991, in order to save space, subscriptions to contemporary newspapers and magazines were changed to fiche whenever possible.
Thus, many titles end in microfilm with 1990 and begin in microfiche with 1991.
ERIC documents are also available on microfiche, they are filed by their "ED" number, for example, ED082531.
ERIC citations with EJ numbers (e.g. EJ789452) refer to journal articles. Check BobCat for the journal titles.
MICROPRINT items (Landmarks of
Science, Early American Newspapers to 1820,etc.)
are shelved at the south end of the Microforms Reading Room.
They are shelved
by their call number. For example, MP2 or MP13.
Printed Guides to Microform Collections
Bobst Library owns many collections on microform. Many
of these series also have printed guides. These guides
are very useful sources for identifying the content
of the microform series (since many series do not
have their individual items cataloged separately).
Most printed guides also have some type of subject
index. Inquire at Reference or the Microforms Center
Help Desk for more details.
Other Microform Locations in Bobst
Not all microform collections in Bobst Library are
housed in the Microform Center. For instance, some
annual reports for corporations and some government
documents are kept on microfiche in the Social Science
Reference Center on the 6th floor (Bobst Ref6
in BobCat). The Tamiment Library & Wagner Archives
house several microforms in their collections (Tamiment
in BobCat), and parts of the National Union Catalog
on microfiche are kept in General and Humanities Reference
on the first floor (Bobst Ref1 in
BobCat). If you have questions about a Bobst microform
location, ask at Reference.
Equipment & Photocopying
The Microform Center has viewers to read microforms,
and combined readers/printers that produce paper copies
from microform. Copying is self-service. Machines
are coin- or card-operated. Copy card and change machines
are located on LL2. When there is high demand
for reader/printers, a 30-minute time limit may be