Microforms are photographic reproductions, typically of print material, which have been reduced in scale from that which is readable by the unaided eye and transferred to either transparent or opaque materials. Most of the microforms in the University of Chicago Library collection are microfilm and microfiche, which are transparencies.
All microforms require special equipment to view, print, or scan them.
Not everything has been digitized! There are many primary source materials that are only available in microforms, especially newspapers, manuscripts, and pamphlets. You may find that a source in the Library catalog [Governmental Control. Detroit: Socialistic Tract Association, 1890]:
Here are some examples of microform and microfiche collections in the UChicago Library
Microform scanners are available in Regenstein's 3rd Floor Reading Room, near the Microforms Collection.
The Library provides ScanPro 3000 digital microform scanners, which work with all microformats.
The following video from Brigham Young University Library provides an overview of the ScanPro 3000 equipment.
The video should serve the needs of most users, but for advanced features, review the manufacturer's demo (40 minutes).