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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.

Microfilm Remote Scanning via WebLabs software allows one to remotely view, scan, and save microfilm 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.

Microforms 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 access microformats.

In Person Scanning: Prior to visit, create a Limited PSU Access Account at accounts.psu.eduMicroform scanner reservation request.

Microfilm Remote Scanning via WebLabs

Microfilm Remote Scanning via WebLabs

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

On the verified requested day/time, log on to Penn State WebLabs. Click on Penn State Lab Desktop Connect.

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.

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 microfilm. Sharing your screen is recommended at the beginning of each session. Assistance in instruction of the scanner features, if needed is also provided. Make sure microphone is not muted and/or chat is open.

At the end of your session, rewind the microfilm, close the scanner software, and log off the computer.

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 under in length and we will accept up to 3 requests/day. Provide as much information as possible, we cannot undertake extensive searching on your behalf.