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Liebert donates microfiche reader to library

An estimated 200 to 300 people each year visit the Hamner Genealogy Room at the Briggs Lawrence Library’s main branch.

Those visitors are likely to find their family search a little easier, thanks to a donation from the Liebert Corporation.

Late last week, Liebert donated a microfiche reader and enlarger to the library for use in its genealogy room

&uot;Any equipment that we can get that will enable patrons to access records will be a tremendous benefit,&uot; library director Joe Jenkins said. &uot;The Hamner room is used extensively. We had one years ago but it became obsolete. It will be much used and much appreciated.&uot;

The equipment will allow people to read documents that have been saved on microfiche. Many old records are stored in this way as both a space-saving and document-preserving measure.

The new equipment will also allow patrons to print information directly from the microfiche.

Jenkins said the equipment should be ready for use within a week.