Newspaper Digitization & Microfilm Scanning For Libraries & Archives

Today’s libraries, archives and historical societies handle information on a wide variety of media formats with documents that can be hundreds of years old. We have digital conversion solutions to process your microfilm records, bound and unbound books, newspapers, and electronic documents. Options to digitize include traditional conversions or our alternative solution, Digital ReeL.

Preserve your books, reduce the amount of space required to archive your historical records, and improve the way your staff and patrons access historical information with a custom document management and retrieval solution.

Digital Solutions:

  • Paper: handwritten, small, legal, large, oversize formats, notebooks and historic books.
  • Newspaper/newsprint conversion to digital formats.
  • Digital image output formats include PDF, PDF/A, JPG, TIFF and GIF.
  • Full suite of digital imaging processing, indexing, and data entry capabilities.
  • Development of online databases for better information sharing.
  • Our Digital ReeL solution provides you with an affordable solution for microfilm records.
  • Convert microfilm collections to a searchable digital format, including full-text search capabilities.
  • Image enhancing features to optimize legibility.
  • Improve on-demand access to microfilm and microfiche collections with easy-to-use web-access application.
  • Support for nearly any type of microform including microfilm (16/35mm roll film), 3M cartridge film and microfiche (jacketed, COM, aperture cards).
  • Digital image formats include PDF, PDF/A, JPG, TIFF and GIF.
  • Digital image processing, indexing, and data capture.
  • Microfilming and archival preservation of records to microfilm.
  • Simple web application to access your historic records.
  • Patrons access information by a website and search using keywords and phrases to find records.
  • Avoid the risk of fire, water damage, break-ins, etc. with digital record copies that are backed up and stored at offsite locations, providing a means to recover valuable, historically relevant information in the event of a disaster.


Take a look at our Webinars On Demand page for some more information.

Additional Information

If you’re looking for some more information to help you along your digital conversion decision journey, below are some recommendations:

“Copyright And Digitization” covers some general information about what you should know before scanning copyrighted material.

“How Much Microfilm And Microfiche Do I Have?” gives you a couple of methods of figuring out how much film, fiche, and aperture cards you have in your collection.

“Traditional Microfilm Conversion vs. Digital ReeL” is a comparison between a standard film scanning project (PDFs, TIFs, etc.) and our Digital ReeL solution.

Case Study | Belmont Public Libary, MA

“I love being able to conduct research from my desktop. If someone asks for an obituary, I can quickly find the article, and send it via email. What used to be a lengthy process with microfilm is now a five-minute task using Digital ReeL.”

– Gina Nancy McMenemy-McColm | Reference Librarian

Read the Belmont Public Library Case Study!

Case Study | Napa County Library, CA

“In the past, our newspaper microfilm archive was only available at our physical location. Since January (2016), we’ve averaged 45,000+ image requests per month and users are from all over the world.”

– Anthony Halstead | Assistant Director of Library Services & Community Outreach

Read the Napa County Library case study!

Case Study | Watsonville Public Library, CA

“Watsonville selected Digital ReeL because it was priced competitively. It offers a simple, web-based interface that delivers online access to the historical newspaper archive, opening the information up to on-site and remote visitors like never before.”

– Heather Geddes | Principal Librarian

Read the Watsonville Public Library case study!


Newspaper Microfilm Digitization Solution