Find out more about our microfilm and microfiche holdings and facilities, and get help on finding and using the collections.

Microform collections

The library microform collection consists mainly of films and fiche of important source collections from outside London. It includes materials from Windsor Castle, the Bodleian Library, Longleat House, Harvard, Yale and the Huntington Library. Other major holdings include substantial parts of Complete State Papers Domestic and Early English Newspapers.

Microforms are included on the catalogue (IHR classmarks beginning X). Major holdings are listed below. Microforms for Historians helps to locate indexes and finding aids.

A microform reader is available on floor 1 (shortly to be replaced by a new machine on the lower ground floor). Most of the microfilm collections are available on the first and lower ground floors. Some collections are in closed access, please see catalogue for details. You are welcome to use the equipment with privately owned film or fiche. Readers can save files, and printing is available.​​​​​​​

You don’t need to book, but if you are planning a special visit to use the microform reader, you are welcome to contact us ahead to reserve the reader.


Highlights from the Collections

Research help

Contact us if you would like help using our microform collections. We are happy to help.