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Microforms Collections & Equipment

Ways To Access Microformats

There are 3 different ways for PSU students, staff & faculty to access microformats:

In Person Scanning:  Microform scanners are located on the 2nd floor of Paterno for in person scanning. Assistance available during staffed hours.Microform scanner reservation request.

Microformat Remote Scanning via WebLabs software allows one to remotely view, scan, and save from any computer, anywhere. Assistance is provided via Zoom. Reservation is required.

Scan of microformat materials is an option available that will deliver up to 50 pages electronically of microfilm, microfiche, or microcard. In the catalog record, under location, click on: Request Scan - Penn State Users.

Microformats located at the Annex must be requested and received prior to requesting a scanner reservation by logging in to ILLIAD and select Submit New Requests then Annexed Item option.

ILL microforms must be be requested and received prior to requesting a scanner reservation.


Non-PSU affiliates can access microformats:

In Person Scanning: Prior to visit, create a Limited PSU Access Account at On the Microform scanner reservation request, please note non-PSU affiliate.

[Non-PSU affiliates unable to visit, can request microforms, through their local Library's InterLibrary Loan (ILL) service. Inquire at local Colleges/Universities or historical societies for access to microforms equiptment.]


Microform Remote Scanning via WebLabs

Microformats Remote Scanning via WebLabs

If using a computer outside the PSU network, a GlobalProtect connection is required.

On the verified requested day/time, log on to Penn State WebLabs

Duo will automatically be activated and you will need to authenticate. 

The next screen that appears is the WebLabs Export Compliance.  Read and click OK. 

Click on your assigned scanner. At pop-up window, click on your assigned scanner.

For assigned scanner #6: Click on the PowerScan 3000 iconPowerscan 3000 icon

For assigned scanner #3 or #4: Click on the ViewScan Premium icon. ViewScan Premium icon

You are now logged in remotely to the scanner software and have control of all the scanning software features.

Log in to the Zoom link provided in your reservation confirmation email. Staff will load the microformat. Sharing your screen is recommended at the beginning of each session. Assistance in instruction of the scanner features, if needed, is provided. Make sure microphone is not muted and chat is open.

Tip: Email saved scans to yourself via your preferred email. To do this click on the red toolbox, top right. toolbox icon

A small 'toolbar' will appear to the left of the red toolbox. .toolbox with toolbars

Click on Microsoft START icon. Microsoft start icon

Click on Internet and Web. Internet and web icon

Open preferred browser. Open email. Attach saved scans to email and send.

At the end of your session, rewind the microfilm [Scanner #6: Click on the 'Eject' icon and then double click on the 'Q' icon] Remember to close the scanner software, and log out of WebLabs.

Scan of microformat materials

Scan of microformat materials

This service is free to Penn State faculty, students and staff. Materials must be 50 pages or less. We accept up to 3 requests/day. Provide as much information as possible, as we cannot undertake extensive searching on your behalf.

  • Search for the item in the Penn State University Libraries catalog. Then under Location, click on Request Scan - Penn State Users.