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Guide to NJSL’s print newspaper subscriptions, historic newspapers on microfilm, and newspaper databases.

About Microfilm

Did you know that properly stored microfilm can last for 500 years?

Did you know that microfilm was attached to carrier pigeons in the Franco-Prussian War to get information from outside of Paris back in?

Check out the following resources if you are interested in the fascinating history of microfilm.

Minolta Microfilm Machines

  • The New Jersey State Library has several traditional Minolta Microfilm machines available on the 4th floor.  
  • There are interchangeable lens available at the reference desk which can be used to view microfilm with very small print.
  • Most of the machines are connected to printers. Prints cost 15 cents per page and can be paid for at the reference desk. 
  • The public is welcome to use the newspaper microfilm collection located on the 4th floor of the New Jersey State Library.
  • Hours are currently 10:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday. 
  • It is best to call first to make sure the microfilm for the newspaper, day and year you want is available.
  • Check the Historic Newspaper page for specific holdings by county.

Digital Microfilm Scanner


  • The New Jersey State Library has one digital ScanPro 3000 digital microfilm machine available for use by the public.  
  • The digital microfilm machine has the benefits of being able to produce higher quality prints of images and text than the traditional microfilm machines.
  • Scans can be saved to a USB drive or emailed.
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