Answered By: Sarah Jenkins
Last Updated: Aug 07, 2020     Views: 95

Microforms and microform readers are located on the first floor of Fondren Library Blue in Room 131, near the government document collection. The microform room is open by request only. Please go the Main Desk and ask for assistance. 

Film is housed by type (newspaper, government document, etc) and organized either by title or document number.

There are four microform readers: two STimaging scanners and two Minolta machines. We recommend using the STimaging scanners for ease of use. If you need assistance using these machines, please ask at the Main Desk in the lobby.


STimaging machines


  • A Quick start user guide is available on the desktop. Look for the icon called ViewScan Premium Quick Start User Guide
  • Open the software ViewScan Premium on the desktop to turn on the scanner and choose Simple, Standard, or Advanced Mode, depending on what tools you need. 
  • If you have a PaperCut account, you can use the print button in the top left hand corner to upload the current page to the queue.


Minolta machines



  • For detailed instructions or help using these machines, please see the Main Desk.
  • To scan or print, center the page you want to scan in the machine's viewer. On the computer, open Adobe Acrobat. Click File>Create>PDF From Scanner. Choose “KONICA MINOLTA MicroFilm Scanner” as your scanner. You can add the image to an existing document or create a new one. 
  • Save your document with File>Save and then email, save to a flash drive, or upload it to Papercut for printing.


How to load film

Load film under guides and raised top glass

“Over, Under, Under, Under, Clip”

  1. Pull the glass-topped viewing plate forward until the class pops up.
  2. Place the film on the left spool with the film rolling over and to the right
  3. Thread the film: Under the first white spindle, under the raised glass, under the second white spindle
  4. Insert the end of the film into the slot on the right-hand reel and clip
  5. Push the viewing plate back, so that the glass lowers over the film and the images are under the camera
  6. Film can be advanced/rewound using either the physical buttons on the viewer or the digital buttons on the bottom of the computer screen in the viewing software