The Friends of the Belfast Free Library recently donated $5,000 for the purchase of a new microfilm scanner for the library. The microfilm scanner is used mainly for reading and making copies of microfilmed Belfast newspapers dating back to 1820. It can also read and copy other documents on microfilm or microfiche.

The new scanner in the local history section of the library can even make digital files of microfilmed articles and photos and can save them to a computer or send them to an e-mail address. The old microfilm reader-printer replaced by this new equipment was more than 30 years old, no longer made copies, and could not be repaired.

An anonymous donor and proceeds from the library’s annual appeal paid the remaining costs for the new scanner.