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Use Microform

Find out how microform call numbers display in the VCU Libraries search results, how to use the microform scanners, and save your document.

Physical Locations


Microform cabinets and viewing stations are located on the 3rd floor, within view of the elevators. There are rows of cabinets, with labeled drawers. 

There are two stations are set up with ST ViewScan for capturing microfilm, microfiche or ultrafiche, and exporting as images or multi-page, searchable PDFs. Files can be saved to USB drive, Google Drive or emailed. 


Microform cabinets are in the basement. There is one ST ViewScan station in the Multimedia Collaboration Room. Visit the Service Desk on the 1st floor for assistance.

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How to Locate Microform

VCU Libraries Search results will include a film number. Find the cabinet labeled with the film number you need, then locate the reel by its date. Return Microform to the Reshelving Box when you are finished.

Film Sizes

Microfilm is rolled onto reels, whereas microfiche is a flat piece of film approximately the size of an index card. Here are examples of 1) single page microfilm, 2) double page microfilm, 3)microfiche and 4) ultrafiche.
Images of Microfilm and Microfiche


Microform may not be removed from the building. General public and guest users may access Microform collection if research material is not available at public libraries. Access may be limited.