While microfilm/fiche may sometimes be an attractive alternative to print (it may be less expensive and requires less storage space), library users tend not to like using this format. Micro formats tend to be extremely heavy and require definite floor specifications to support them. Micro formats also require specialized storage cabinets that add to both cost and weight. The IUP Libraries may purchase micro formats in the following cases:
Microfiche is preferred over microfilm. Silver halide is generally preferred, as is 35 mm when microfilm must be acquired.
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