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Newspapers & Microforms Library

Feb 24 - Mar 2


Newspapers & Microforms contains the Library's principal collections of:

  • Newspapers, with over 100 active newsprint subscriptions, and over 900 titles archived on microfilm.
  • Microforms (microfilm, microfiche, and micro-opaque formats, including 950,000 books, manuscripts, documents, and serials of significant academic and journalistic value).

Newspapers received on the issue date:

  • New York Times
  • San Francisco Chronicle
  • East Bay Express
  • Daily Californian

Some newspapers are received in newsprint within 1 to 8 weeks after publication.

All newsprint newspapers are for room use only.


The newsfilm collection includes international, national and local newspapers, archival and current. Current titles are usually received about 3 months after publication.This collection is arranged geographically in two sections:

  • United States alphabetically by state, then by city, then by title
  • International by country, city and title
Government Document Microfiche:
  • U.S. and foreign governmental documents (including patents)
  • Federal Register
  • United Nations microfiche
Notable Monographs and Serials:
  • English Short Title Catalog (STC), 1475-1641 and 1641-1745
  • Selected National Archives and Records Administration sets
  • Four Centuries of Spanish Drama
  • Three Centuries of Early American Plays
Notable Microfilm Collections:
  • Historical California Newspapers
  • Underground Newspaper Collections
  • Papers of the NAACP
  • Selected National Archives and Records Administration sets.
Indexes and Microform Guides:

Print indexes for selected newspapers are available, and there is a substantial collection of printed guides to individual microfilm/fiche/opaque sets.

Facilities include:
  • Seating for reading and studying
  • 9 microform reader-scanners, including software for scanning to a USB flash drive, or printing
  • Networked computer workstations for library research and Internet access
  • eduroam wireless connectivity
  • Printer/Scanner
  • It is recommended that patrons bring a USB drive for scanning.

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