The Microforms Collection is located on the Lower Level of Davis Library and includes over one million items on microfilm, microfiche, microcard, and microprint. Readers, printers, and scanners are available. A staff member or student assistant is available to assist patrons in locating materials and in using the equipment during microforms service hours.

To ensure availability, please book an appointment to use the microforms scanner in advance.

Book an Appointment

A staff member will meet you at the Davis Library 1st floor service desk, and accompany you to the lower level.

The Microforms Collection contains a vast and diverse range of materials.


Back runs of many major United States and foreign newspapers are available on microfilm, including:

  • The New York Times
  • The London Times
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • The Washington Post
  • Pravda
  • La Prensa

Also on microfilm are large collections of:

  • Medieval manuscripts
  • Literary materials
  • United States and foreign government documents
  • Microfilmed editions of the papers of prominent individuals and organizations
  • Books
  • Pamphlets
  • Archival collections
  • Magazines
  • Scholarly journals
  • Photographs


The selection of materials on microfiche is similarly varied and wide-ranging. Included are:

  • The ERIC microfiche
  • An extensive collections of French and Russian materials
  • Hundreds of early American periodicals
  • Most UNC dissertations since 1965

Microcard and Microprint

The holdings of materials on microcard and microprint are less extensive, but they include:

  • Important collections of American, English, and French drama
  • The Evans collection of American Imprints, 1639-1800
  • The Shaw-Shoemaker collection of American Imprints, 1801-1819.

For more microforms information or to ask a question, please call (919) 962-8041 or email Kenny Jones.

For further assistance, please e-mail Davis Library Research Assistance or call the Davis Library Service Desk at (919) 962-1053.