Preservation Microfilm Orders

First check that what you need is a University of Michigan Library microfilm

Please make sure that the microfilm you are seeking was created by the University of Michigan,* NOT by University Microfilms International (UMI). The University of Michigan Library cannot duplicate films that we did not produce, including those from UMI.

University Microfilms International was a private company not associated with the University of Michigan (other than both are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan). UMI now trades under the name ProQuest. Dissertations and theses microfilmed by UMI may be located and ordered through the ProQuest dissertation system.

* To determine whether the film you need was made by the University of Michigan Library, look up the title on the University of Michigan Library online catalog, Mirlyn. Look in the MARC field 533 (or if the fields aren't numbered in the view you are using, look for the field "Reproduction" or "Reproduction Note" under the Description field) for the words: "Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, University Library, Preservation Office Microfilming Unit"; "University of Michigan Photoduplication," or similar. If what you need is a dissertation or thesis, try the ProQuest dissertation system first.

To order University of Michigan microfilm 

The University of Michigan Library no longer maintains equipment to create or duplicate microfilm. Duplicates of film the library created in the past may be ordered:

Orders normally take 6-8 weeks to process.
Per film excluding postage- $64.00
Orders should be sent to Preservation at the University of Michigan, but will be filled, sent out and invoiced from Backstage Library Works

The mailing address for orders is:

Shannon Zachary
Department of Preservation and Conservation
University of Michigan Library
837 Greene Street, Rm. 3202
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3209

Individuals and foreign patrons must prepay before Backstage Library Works will fill the order; regular institutionsthey will invoice. Backstage Library Works accepts both checks and credit cards. Email us for details. Rush orders are possible (about a week turn around) but involve added fees which are dependant upon the current work situation.

Any questions about microfilm availability or placing an order may be directed to:
(At University of Michigan Library) Shannon Zachary (

Any questions about prepayment, credit card charges, or rush order charges contact:
(At Backstage Library Works) Joan Corkran ( or Joseph Konrath ( 

Page maintained by Shannon Zachary
Last modified: 01/05/2016