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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 Cal Poly Humboldt 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).


Microform and microfilm are housed in the Microform Collection in the north wing of the Library on the second floor. Consult the Cal Poly Humboldt Library Catalog for the exact location of the resource of interest.

Microform Services

Library users may view microform and microfilm in the Library free of charge, however, printing from microform machines is not available at this time.

The Library provides viewing stations adjacent to the area where the microform resources are housed on the second floor.

  • Two Microform Machines: used only for viewing microform.
  • One Microform Computer: used to view and scan microform with limited database access. You must have an external USB drive to save files.

Special Collections on the third floor has a Microform Computer that can be used to view and scan microform. It is accessible to non-student community members. This computer has no Internet access so your pages can not be printed or sent by email. You must have an external USB drive to save files.

See this PDF Quick Start User Guide for more information on operating the digital viewer.

For More Information

Contact the Research Desk or Front Desk on the first floor of the Library.