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The Library has a wide range of resources which are available on either microfilm or microfiche. These can be read in our two microform reading facilities

Microform Room - located on the ground floor of the Main Library. Take a right when you enter the library and it's on the right just after the book returns area. Microform Room
Research Microfilm Reading Room - adjacent to the Special Collections Reading Room in the Hardiman Building. Mircoform Room SC

Location details for microform holdings are available by searching the library catalogue.

In general newspapers which are available on microfilm are stored in the Main Library and may be requested through the Library & IT Service Desk. Research microfilms are stored in the Hardiman Building and may be requested through the Special Collections Reading Room desk. Microfilm holdings of the manuscripts of the Irish Foklore Commission are available on the shelves in the Main Library Microfilm Reading Room. Please note that we do NOT hold the Schools Collection manuscripts. These are available on microfilm in the relevant public library

Both rooms have microfilm readers that allow you to consult and print off images, as well as creating digital copies if required. Printed guides to collections are shelved in the Research Microfilm room where the microfiche collections are stored in drawer cabinets.

The Microfilm Reading Room in the Main Library is accessible during Library opening hours. The Research Microfilm Room is open during the Special Collections Reading Room opening hours.  Readers wishing to consult microfilms from the Research Collection outside of the latter may do by requesting them to be made available in the Main Library Microfilm Room.

Staff at the Library & IT Service Desk will provide assistance with locating and using newspaper material on microfilm while you can contact staff in the Special Collections Reading Room at

Our microform collections include sources such as: 

  • First edition Ordinance Survey maps
  • Griffiths Valuations
  • Parliamentary Papers relating to Ireland in the 19th century
  • British Library: Egerton Collection
  • British Library: Irish Manuscripts
  • Church Missionary Society Archive
  • Northern Ireland Political Literature
  • Irish Folklore Commission: Coimisiun le Bealoideas Éireann
  • History of Science & Technology: the papers of Joseph Banks, Charles Babbage and Hans Sloane
  • Madden Ballad Collection
  • GRAIL: Galway Resource for Anglo-Irish Literature
  • Crown Servants: Thomas Wentworth, Earl of Strafford, 1593-1641
  • State Papers relating to Ireland from the sixteenth century
  • Carte manuscripts from the seventeenth century
  • Irish pamphlets from the eighteenth century
  • Newspapers from the 19th and 20th centuries. 

 Photo of a Microfilm Reader in Use

The microform holdings are available by searching the library catalogue.

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