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Research Help Desk and Reference Resources

About Kennedy Library's Microform Viewing Machines

Kennedy Library has two machines for viewing both microfilm (rolls) and microfiche (cards).

You can use your phone to take pictures of the screen of either machine.

The older machine does not support scanning of images.

If you wish to scan and save images, you will need to bring a USB flashdrive (for use on the newer machine only.)

When the Research Help Desk is open, you can ask for help in using the machines and in retrieving microforms.

Senior Projects and Microforms

Senior Projects prior to  Fall 2009 are on microfiche (cards) and available near Research Help on the 2nd floor. 

Senior Projects AFTER Fall 2009 are available online at the DigitalCommons@Calpoly.

Other microforms should be requested at the Research Help Desk on the 2nd Floor by filling out the paper request form.  When the Research Help Desk is not staffed, take your requests to the front desk on the first floor of the library.  

The Diablo Canyon Collection includes some microfiche.  For more information on this collection, explore the Diablo Canyon Research Guide.

Instructions for using the machines are provided near the machines but personalized help is available from librarians and LibRATs (student assistants) at Research Help on the 2nd floor when the desk is staffed.

San Francisco Chronicle and San Luis Obispo Tribune on Microfilm

The The San Francisco Chronicle from 1873 to 2008, and the San Luis Obispo Tribune from 1926 to the present are available on microfilm (spools).   These are also available online on the library premises, with additional remote access for Cal Poly students, faculty, and staff.  

Print Maps

Print maps are housed on the 2nd floor of Kennedy to the south of Julian's CAFE (at the end of the book stacks).   Some are in metal cases, while others (including most of the SOIL SURVEY MAPS) are in bound green volumes on adjoining shelves.

USGS Topographic Maps 
Geologic Maps 
Soil Survey Maps  - NOTE: THE SOIL SURVEY MAPS ARE GREEN AND LOOK LIKE BOOKS and are on the SECOND FLOOR at the END OF CALIFORNIA DOCUMENTS at the end of the books behind Julian's Cafe.
Flood Insurance Maps 

Note: USGS Topographic Maps can also be accessed online in digital format at US TOPO