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The Microform Reading Room, located at the southern end of the West Room, is for the use of readers of printed material on microfilm, microfiche and microprint. It also contains equipment for using the Library's AV collections.

Certain categories of Rare Books in microform are read in the Munby Rare Books Room and manuscript material in microform is available in the Manuscripts Reading Room.

The Microform Reading Room, West RoomReading Room and Inter-Library Loans Department together constitute the Reference Department, whose staff are responsible for the delivery of the University Library’s service to its users both in person and remotely.

The Reference Department has six main service functions: enquiry work; book, periodical and microform fetching; supply and delivery of material via inter-library loan; maintenance of the reference collections; assistance to readers in the use of IT and assistance to readers with special needs.