COVID-19 Update: Although the Gould Library building remains closed, the library staff continue our commitment to support the teaching and research needs of the Carleton community. Information on remote access to library resources and services will be updated regularly on the Remote Resources and Guidance for Library Users page and this FAQ. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need additional assistance.
Microfilm is material on film that require a viewer in order to use. The microfilm collection covers a broad range of subjects. The microfilm collection is very useful because it contains materials that aren't printed anymore, not digitized, or we do not have a subscription to.
Various microfilm such as Government Documents and music scores are located in the general collection. All of these are organized by Library of Congress (LC/LoC) Classification System. You can find the categorical breakdown here. However, there are also Government documents located on the first floor and organized by SuDoc, or Superintendent of Documents Classification System.
The periodical collections are located separately nearby. These include newspapers, journals, cinema press books, and more. These are located further along the microform collection area. The periodicals are organized by title.
Another option to access more microfilm is through the Center for Research Libraries, or CRL. The CRL aims to archive and make available to researchers materials. To search the collection at the CRL, visit their catalog here since our catalog does not include CRL's collection. The requests on CRL will need to be made through ILLiad also.
Capabilities of our local Microfilm Readers
LibGuides for Specific Microfilm Collections
The LibGuides in this section pertains to cinema materials that are usually accessed on microfilm.