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Current Periodicals, Newspapers & Microforms

The Current Periodicals, Newspapers & Microforms (CPNM) section is located on the main floor, west wing of Geisel Library. In CPNM you can relax and enjoy a popular magazine or daily newspaper, or conduct research in hundreds of academic journals. CPNM houses current newspapers, journals, and magazines in all areas of the art, business, engineering, global studies, humanities, physical sciences, and social sciences. Current newspapers include popular local, state and other U.S. titles, as well as selected titles from France, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Russia and Spain.

CPNM also houses a rich collection of resources on microfilm and fiche including historical popular news titles, the Microbook Library of American Civilization, the Underground Newspaper collection, and materials supporting global studies, and physical sciences and engineering.


Microform Collections and Services

The UC San Diego Library holds a number of unique collections available in microfilm, microfiche, or micro card formats. These collections include historical newspapers, periodicals, government documents and other materials of noted interest to UC San Diego researchers or in support of UC San Diego academic programs and curricula.

Use the UC Library Search to locate items and the call number. Most call numbers for microform materials begin with X, sometimes followed by additional prefix letters indicating format type. Examples follow:


  Microfilm   On 35mm or 16mm reels
  Microfiche   Flat transparencies
XP   Microprint  

Non-transparent, cardboard cards (can only be viewed using the microform scanning equipment)

If an item you requested from another library (Interlibrary Loan) or from the Annex is in micro format, the item will be made available for you at the Geisel Front Desk for your use in the micro equipment area. If you need assistance using the equipment, contact staff at the Front Desk or schedule an appointment.

Micro-viewing and scanning equipment is available onsite.


Microform Scanners

microform scanner

Microform scanners require staff log-in assistance and training for new users and are only available for use during scheduled staff hours at the Front Desk, or schedule an appointment

Printing is available from the microform scanners only and utilizes Wēpa self service printing.