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How can I borrow newspapers on microfilm?

Last Updated: Apr 14, 2017  |  78 Views

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At this time, the Omaha Public Library does not lend out any of our microfilm.  However, the Nebraska State Historical Society will lend microfilm. 

The following materials are available through the Nebraska State Historical Society:

  • Newspapers microfilmed by the Nebraska State Historical Society.
  • Most microfilmed manuscript collections.
  • Most microfilmed books and academic monographs.
  • Some mircrofilmed government records.
  • Some microfilmed photo collections. For detailed information, go to

The following materials are not available:

  • Newspaper microfilm purchased commercially by the Historical Society. This includes, but is not limited to, the Nebraska State Journal, the Lincoln Journal, the Lincoln Star and the Omaha World-Herald, and a few others. 
  • Frequently used public records (such as census, naturalization, marriage and land tract books).
  • Restricted manuscripts or public records.
  • Materials not on microfilm (books, maps, periodicals, manuscripts, government records).

You may borrow up to two reels of film for two weeks. You will need to come to one of Omaha Public Library's Twelve Locations to fill out a form and pay in advance. Click this link for prices. Please have your check made out ahead of time to the Nebraska State Historical Society.

If you are a borrowing library, you should submit requests on ALA interlibrary loan forms or library letterhead via the U. S. Postal Service. The Nebraska State Historical Society does not accept requests via the OCLC system, the Internet, by fax or email. Address requests to:

Interlibrary Loans
Nebraska State Historical Society
P.O. Box 82554
Lincoln, NE 68501

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