Microforms houses the microform collection, microform readers, and reader/printers. Microforms are printed materials reduced in size and reproduced on film, fiche, or cards. Readers are special machines that project and enlarge images for reading. You can print copies of the microforms from those readers equipped with printers; copies are 10 cents per page.   You may also scan and save documents to flash drives, cds, Google Docs, Dropbox, and iLocker accounts.

You will find several types of publications in Microforms, including periodicals, newspapers, college catalogs, government publications, books, special reports, and census information .  To find out if material in the Library is available on microform, please use CardCat, our online catalog.

While Microforms is a self-serve area, we are happy to assist you with locating materials or using the equipment.  Please come to the Main Circulation/Reserves Desk for assistance.


Most materials in Microforms do not circulate. However, limited microform items may be circulated for two weeks upon presentation of a valid Ball State University identification card. Portable microfiche readers are also available for borrowing.

Overdue, lost, or damaged materials are subject to the Library Fine and Cost Policy.