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Water damage leads to new microfilm reader at library

A burst sprinkler pipe in the Knowlton Branch of the Logan County Libraries in January has led to a new digital microfilm reader that has been available to the public since May 6.

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Reference Assistant Melinda Ridgway and Sharron Surber of Marion use the new microfilm reader Monday at the Knowlton Branch of the Logan County District Libraries. (EXAMINER PHOTO | HALEY COOPER)

The $8,795 reader can e-mail copy and save microfilm to a flash drive. Insurance funds covered the replacement costs.

“If you want a microfilm, it’s virtually free,” said Judith Goodrich, director of the Logan County Libraries.

A print of a microfilm costs 20 cents a page, and patrons are able to blow up a whole page and scan small pieces of newspaper.

The resources available on microfilm are the Logan County Children’s Home Inmates, the Federal Population Census for Logan County, various Logan County newspapers, all editions of the Bellefontaine Examiner, the DeGraff Journal, and the West Liberty Banner.

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