Family History Library Microfilm Restrictions

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If you use the microfilm collection of the Family History Library, you may see a note in the catalog saying the film is restricted. If you visit the Library there may not be a problem with using a copy. But if you are in a family history center you won’t be able to order a copy. Restrictions are usually due to the contractual agreement made with the archive holding the original material. Some reasons films are restricted are:

  • The copy in the library can’t be duplicated for circulation.
  • Only one copy of the film can be in circulation at a time.
  • A film can only be circulated within the borders of specific countries.
  • The film may contain several items and one or more of them are restricted.