Many older newspapers are often only available in microform. Most of UW Libraries' microforms are located on the Seattle campus; these titles may be requested through ILL. UW Tacoma Library has a very small microform collection as well, including a selection of early American newspapers dating to 1782.
What are microforms?
Microforms contain reproductions of newspapers, magazines, books, and other materials. Microforms are used to preserve content published in newsprint and othe paper formats that may decay over time. There are 3 formats of microforms: microfilm (on reels), microfiche (sheets), and microcards (opaque cards).
Where are the microforms?
The UW Tacoma Library Microforms Collection is located in Auxiliary Stacks. Please ask for access at one of the service desk.
Can I get help?
Ask for help finding, locating, and duplicating microforms at the UW Tacoma Library Reference Desk.
Can I make copies?
Use microform scanners to make digital (.gif, .jpg, .pdf, etc.) files or reader/printers to print paper copies.
The UW Libraries has a large collection of newspapers published in the United States and around the world. Current and historic newspapers may be available in paper, online, and on microfilm. Search the UW Libraries Search by the title of the newspaper to find the newspaper that you need.
Find historic newspaper holdings by searching a place name and/or subject combined with the word 'newspaper.' For example: "orcas island newspaper" returns a result for The Orcas Islander, with microfilm available beginning in 1940.
Check the Current Newspaper Subscriptions list to see if the UW Libraries receives a current, paper edition of the newspaper, locate microfilm backfiles, and connect to current web sites.
You may request a newspaper in microfilm via the Interlibrary Loan book request form. Be sure to include in the notes section the particular dates of the reel that you need.
Below is a list of the newspapers that UW Tacoma Library currently subscribes to in hard copy. The most recent copies are available for browsing on shelves next to the reference desk on the first floor of the Snoqualmie building.