York’s Martin Library leaves microfilm behind

Martin Library’s renovations have made it a first-rate library.
But in the modernization at the longtime York library, a resource for researchers has been curtailed.


The library no longer has newspaper microfilm and microfilm readers.
No real complaints here given everything else the renovated Martin Library offers, but it’s a point researchers should note.
York County newspaper microfilm in relatively unbroken sequence goes to the advent of the York Gazette in 1815.
The York County Heritage Trust is the only York-area site for researchers to view newspaper microfilm before 1971. (Microfilm at York College’s Library starts at that date.) To view its microfilm collection, the Trust charges a daily rate, unless one has a membership or is a school student.
The Heritage Trust’s 250 E. Market St. archives are open from 9-5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. So, researchers will no longer have access to microfilm after hours at Martin.
Of course, the York Daily Record is available at “News Library,” www.ydr.com, dating back to 1992. Searching is free, and the cost per download is $2.
Or search this blog’s archives. As of Feb, 10, 2008, 800 historical entries had been posted.
For related post, see: A roll through microfilm.

About Jim McClure

Editor of the York Daily Record/Sunday News, ydr.com and its many digital products. Journalism/history blogger: yorktownsquare.com. Author or co-author of seven York County, Pa., history books.
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