When a negative is printed onto photographic paper rather than film the product is called a micro-opaque (microprint or microcard).
Each copy is printed by offset lithography rather than being reproduced from the original film.
This is old technology that has virtually disappeared from the market, but library collections still contain millions of these items.
The terms microprint and microcard are used to denote different sizes.
Microprints are large cards measuring about 5 by 7 inches.
Microcards are smaller, measuring about 3 by 5 inches. Microcards (micro-opague or micro-print) images are read by reflecting light off the image rrather than through it . Microcards cannot be read on the same equipment as microfilm or microfiche.Microcard Reader:
We have one microcard reader. It is located in the micro area behind the Spencer Gallery on the first floor.
- Turn on the Microcard reader using the power switch on the front of the machine
- Pull the handle underneath the screen gently towards you to pull out the glass tray.
Pull until the top layer of glass lifts up.
- Place the microcard in between the two plates of glass. Position it so the printed side is face-up, with the text oriented away from you.
- Push the handle forward to move the tray under the lens.
- Position your image on the screen by moving the handle forward and/or backward, left or right.
- To focus the image, adjust the black knob on the front of the machine.
Microfiche is a card-shaped piece of photographic film, usually 4x6 or 3x5 inches in size, used for the storage of miniaturized text in a grid pattern. It can be read only with the aid of magnification by use of a microfiche reader. Microfiche may contain a printed book, journal, or newspaper.
We have a number of excellent resources in microfiche format. Click here for a description of what is available.
We have two microfiche/film combination readers on the ground floor. If you need assistance using this equipment please ask at the service desk.
Microfilm is a 6 mm or 35 mm continuous roll of photographic film containing miniaturized (micro) images of text. Micro filming is a way to preserve fragile documents, e.g. rare books, back runs of newspaper titles and/or journals.
We have a number of excellent resources in microfilm format. Click here for a description of what is available.
There are 3 microform scanners located in the area behind the Spencer Gallery on the first floor.
The Canon 300II (White) scanner is an Express scanner. It will scan microfilm or microfiche.
The 2 ST ViewScan (Black) scanners will scan micro fiche or micro film.
Instructions for use of the ST ViewScan Micro scanners .
To use the Canon Micro Express scanner:
- - "FIle / Scan to Page" for single page
- - "File / Scan to Batch" for multiple pages-
- - "File / Scan to Print" for a paper copy (costs 10¢ per copy, using a Graphics Services Debit card).
- - to a USB for free
- - to the desktop, to attach to an email (must have a Western Identity to access email)
- - or send your scan(s) to the "Library" networked public printers across from the Service desk, cost is10¢ per page.
Scanning is FREE.
See signage at the Print Copy Scan stations for assistance.
Last Update: Fall 2016.