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Brief guide about UCI's microforms/microfilm collection.

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All UCI Libraries' microform collections and equipment are located on the Basement Floor of Langson Library. All library visitors may use the microform equipment to view, scan, and digitize images

Microfilm printed copies    $0.12 / page

UC Library Search

To search the microform collections at UCI go into UC Library Search and click on "Advanced Search". Try some general search terms in the "Any Field" box, and select "Library Catalog". Then try to find the guide to the collection (in the library or online), as the guide is extremely useful for locating specific documents.


The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of copies of copyrighted materials, including microforms. The person making copies has the ultimate responsibility for complying with the law. Visit the Copyright & Fair Use guide for more information about complying with copyright requirements.

Microform is a general term for any material that contains a small image or microreproduction of a document. These document images are usually found on film, however some older formats used cardboard. There are two common film formats: microfilm and microfiche. Microfilm is a roll of images, much like a movie reel, while microfiche is a flat sheet of microfilm. Since the images are so small, special readers/scanners are used to view the documents. Microforms help to save space. Thousands of newspapers, journals or government documents can be stored in a few cabinets. 

Microform: Microfilm: Microfiche:

A microfilm reader is a device used in projecting and magnifying images stored in microform to readable proportions. Microform includes flat film, microfilm, aperture cards, microfiche, and ultra fiche.





Location and equipment

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