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.

Photo of CPNM Shelving

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 San Diego Library Catalog, ROGER, to search for items and locate a 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 CPNM micro equipment area. If you need assistance using the micro readers or scanners, you must contact the Research Assistance Desk during regular staff hours or schedule an appointment.

Micro-viewing, printing and scanning equipment is available onsite.

Microform Readers/Printers  

Microform reader

Microform readers/printers are self-service and available during all of Geisel’s open hours. Equipment use instructions are posted on each microform reader/printer and available online

  • For printing, microform readers/printers accept IAccess guest cards OR current UC San Diego student, staff, or faculty ID cards. 
  • Microform printing costs are 20 cents per copy for current UC San Diego students, staff and faculty; and 40 cents per copy for IAccess guest card users.

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. 

To schedule an appointment for assistance with microform viewing and scanning equipment, complete this request form. Staff assistance is also available on a walk-in basis during the following hours:

Our regular service hours during academic quarters (Fall – Spring) are:

Monday – Thursday 10am - 7pm
Friday – Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday – 10am - 7pm