Memorial Hall Library

Microfilm: Easier Than Ever With New Digital Reader

It may surprise you to know that demand for microfilmed content at MHL, as well as research libraries around the world, remains high.  Most people under thirty will question your reliability if you suggest that much of the world's information cannot be accessed on Google, but it's true. Professional archivists consider microfilm a cost-effective and practical and standard format solution for preserving information and planning for long-term acess. Today's library microform technology has evolved from the old fashioned hand-crank contraptions and Cold War spy gadgets.  This month, MHL rolled out it's second digital microfilm scanner printer, the ScanPro3000.

The ScanPro 3000 is a 26-megapixel reader/scanner/printer that quietly and quickly converts microform images into editable documents with an easy-to-learn interface. The ScanPro machines are equipped with robust OCR technology, image editing and output tools.  The workstations feature oversized, high-definition monitors that makes browsing archival content a pleasure. 

MHL microform collections include full-run access to the Andover Townsman, The Eagle Tribune and local history records.  In addition, we serve as an afiliate library for FamilySearch, a renowned repository of microfilmed, digitized and print genealogical records from all over the world. FamilySearch users can have have microfilm sent to MHL for in-house use for a minimal shipping and processing charge.  For more information, contact the Reference Desk by email ( or phone (978-623-8430).