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Microfilm Reading Area

Microfilm of some of the Library's most frequently used collections is located in the West Reading Room. This includes:

United States Census records Local (City & County Court) Records
Including Deeds, Wills, and other court records
Land and Personal Property Taxes Virginia Land Office patents and grants
Newspapers Vital statistics records
Military service records and pensions

Please sign up for a reader at the Microfilm Desk in the West Reading Room.

Readers are assigned for a two-hour period and may be renewed for additional periods if no one is waiting to be assigned a reader. When other researchers are waiting or the readers have all been assigned, add your name to the list and we will call you as soon as a reader is available.

Microfilm Printers
You do not need to sign up for a printer but please observe a 15 minute time limit when others are waiting. You will need to purchase a debit card to make copies from microfilm.  Microfilm Assistants can provide information or assistance concerning copy or photoduplication procedures. 

You may retrieve the microfilm you wish to use. If you need assistance, staff will help you locate microfilm. 

Please do not take more than 2 reels at a time.

If you will not be using a reader for more than 20 minutes, please sign off the reader. Please turn the machine off when you are not using it.

After using the microfilm, rewind it onto it's original reel and place the microfilm back into its box. Place the microfilm box on top of the microfilm cabinet.
Please do not refile microfilm in the drawers.

If you received your film at the Circulation Desk, please return it to the Circulation Desk.

Return damaged film to the Microfilm Assistant.

Please sign off the reader at the Microfilm Desk before leaving the Microfilm Reading Area.