New scanners prove a hit with local historians

This story was published 6 September 2018

State-of-the-art digital microfilm scanners installed by North Yorkshire County Council at libraries in Harrogate, Northallerton, Ripon, Scarborough, Selby and Skipton are proving a hit with family and local historians.

scanner being demonstrated

The Konica SL1000 machines make viewing resources on microfilm and microfiche much easier. Each machine uses a large horizontal touchscreen computer monitor, which provides a greater viewing area, and a movable magnifier makes small text easily legible. The digital scanner creates high-quality images that users can save to a portable device or print for a small charge.

County Councillor Greg White, Executive Member for Library and Information Services, said: “North Yorkshire libraries hold hundreds of rolls of microfilm covering many of the main local newspaper titles dating from 1836 up to the present day, as well as full Census returns for the whole county up to 1901. Some libraries hold trade directories, parish registers and local government records on fiche, too. The new scanners should make accessing these important collections much easier and I’m delighted to hear that the machines are already such a hit with the public.”

Library staff and volunteers can help customers with the new microfilm reader. To try a scanner, contact one of the above libraries to book a session.