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COVID-19 update: New COVID-19 communications protocols, campus non-medical mask protocol

Limited Computers (50) and Study Spaces (81) on the 1st and 2nd floors of the TFDL are available and must be booked. Booking hours extended. Book here.

We are now offering contactless pickup – for current Ucalgary Students, Faculty and Staff only. Place requests for materials that you want from our library system. Pick them up when you receive an email.

Virtual service hours today: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM.10:00 AM to 8:00 PM. You can return your books to the exterior book drop on the East side of the TFDL. More information on the Covid 19 page.


This guide will help you access the microform collections including microfilm, microfiche and microcard.

What is a microform?

A microform is an item reproduced in a greatly reduced format, and requiring special equipment to view or copy.

The library has collections of three different types of microforms containing historic newspapers, books, maps and other documents:

  • Microfilm: 35mm film with microscopic photographs

  • Microfiche: 3x5 or 4x6 inch film sheets

  • Microcard: paper cards containing printed text

How and where?

Where are the microforms located?

Microforms are located at the HDL (High Density Library). Once requested, they can be picked up at the TFDL or any branch location. 

Where are the reader/scanner machines located?

  • 2 machines on TFDL 2nd floor, near flatbed scanning station

  • 1 machine behind TFDL 1st floor information desk

  • 1 machine in the Archives/Special Collections Reading Room (5th floor TFDL)

  • 1 machine at Military Museums library and archives

  • 1 machine at the HDL (High Density Library)

How can I scan or print from microform?

Microforms can be scanned to .pdf format, or scanned to print. You can save your scanned documents on a USB device.

Printing requires a UNICARD as with other library print jobs.

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