Microform Collection and Services
The Library has a variety of information resources available in microfilm, microfiche, and ultrafiche format, including newspapers, periodical backfiles, and local collections of special interest. Records for these resources are available in the HSU Library Catalog. Microform call numbers include a prefix which denotes their format, for example, "MF" (for microfilm), "MC" (for microfiche), "ED" (for ERIC Document microfiche), and "Ultrafiche" (for ultrafiche).
Most microforms are housed in the Microform Collection in the north wing of the Library on the second floor, adjacent to the Copy Center and the Media Resource Area. Some microforms are located in the Reference Collection on the first floor, and in the Government Documents and Humboldt Room areas on the third floor. Consult the HSU Library Catalog and the Library Map for the exact location of the resource of interest.
Library users may view microforms free of charge. The Library provides appropriate viewing stations immediately adjacent to the location where the microform resources are housed.
For a nominal fee, printouts and digitized copies of microform resources can be produced using two Minolta MS6000 micrographic scanner/printers that are located in the Microform Collection on the second floor. Instructions in the use of the Minolta scanner/printers are available at each workstation, or online here.
Printouts can be made from microforms on a self-service basis at a cost of $.20 per page.
Microform images can be converted to an electronic image format at a cost of $.20 per page, using Adobe Acrobat software provided by the Library. Once digitized, an image can either be saved on your flash memory device, downloaded to your zipdisk, or sent over the network as an e-mail attachment. Contact the staff at the Periodicals and Media Assistance Window for additional information.
For payment, the scanner/printers accept either an HSU ID card with value added to it, a University Center C-Card, or coins. The coinboxes do not provide change, so exact change is recommended. Change is available in the Library from a change machine located in the main stairwell on the second floor, or in the Copy Center during open hours. Monetary value can be added to the HSU ID card or the C-Card using the Card Value Center machine located in the main stairwell on the second floor of the Library, or by a cashier in the Bookstore.
Help is Available
Personal assistance in the use of the Microform Collection and associated equipment is available at the Periodicals and Media Assistance Window on the second floor during normal weekday business hours; consult the Periodicals/Serials Unit web page for service hours. More limited assistance is available from the Copy Center during their scheduled weekend and evening hours.
Microform materials circulate for the same length of time as their print counterparts. For example, a microfilm copy of a periodical circulates for same period as does a print periodical. Consult the Library Circulation Rules for additional information about loan periods.
For those users who prefer to view microforms outside of the Library, portable microfilm and microfiche viewing equipment is available for checkout at the Circulation Desk in the lobby on the first floor.
For More Information
Contact the staff of the Periodicals Unit by telephone at (707) 826-3413, by e-mail at Periodicals, or in person at the Periodicals and Media Assistance Window on the second floor of the Library.