Microform Reading Room
The Microform Reading Room, Sterling Memorial Library
The Microform Reading Room is temporarily closed.
A microform reader has been installed in Bass Library on the Courtyard Level in order to view microforms. It can read both microfilm and microfiche. If you need help with the machine, please ask at the Bass Library service point (across from the microform machine). Although microforms can be requested to the contactless pickup in the Sterling Memorial Library nave, they should not leave the building, because they do not normally circulate. If you are a frequent user of microform, we recommend requesting your microform to the Bass Library hold shelf to be picked up. You may also return any microform you are finished using to the quarantine area by the Bass service desk.
Sterling Memorial Library houses the main Microform Reading Room of the Yale University Library. The reading room contains one of the largest collections of its kind, and is an especially rich source of newspapers and other primary source material. Collections include the papers of Winston Churchill, the NAACP, Planned Parenthood, and numerous government agencies. The collection also includes documents preserved through Yale’s Cambodian Genocide Program.
All microforms are cataloged and are searchable in Orbis. You may find this deprecated database of U.S. newspaper microforms and international newspaper microforms helpful for searching, but be aware that some location information is out of date. A list of major microform holdings is available but also is deprecated. For current information consult Orbis.