The Suffolk Cooperative Library System (SCLS) has been designated a Family History Center Affiliate Library. This designation entitles library patrons in Suffolk County to request most microfilm and microfiche listed in the Family History Library Catalog. All you need is a library card, an email address and a credit card. The fees are as follows:

Microfilm loan charges are $6.50 per reel. The loan time is 60 days which includes shipping time to and from the Family History Library. This assumes 15 days shipping time each way, so you will have about 30 days to view the microfilm. There is a $6.00 charge for renewal of the microfilm for an additional 30 days. Microfiche are available for loan at the rate of $1.50 per fiche card. Microfiche may be used for 60 days.

When searching the Family History Library catalog please be aware that all microfilm numbers must be seven numerals long and start with a 0, 1, or 2. Microfiche numbers begin with a 6. The catalog record indicates the catalog number assigned to the microfilm and any borrowing restrictions. If there are circulation restrictions, they are noted. To order microfilm follow the steps below:

If the digit has seven numbers, note the title, and number and fill out the FHS Microfilm and Microfiche online form.

OFTEN THE MICROFILM NUMBER WILL NOT APPEAR TO START WITH A 0, 1, OR 2 AND WILL NOT BE SEVEN NUMERALS. IN THESE CASES, ADD 0'S TO THE BEGINNING OF THE NUMBER TO CREATE A SEVEN DIGIT NUMERAL.

If you need to add 0's to create a seven digit number, you will have to re-search the catalog by that number to ensure that the number you created is indeed the correct number. To do so, return to the catalog home page and click on film/fiche search. Use the seven digit number you have created and determine that the record matches the one that the patron wants.

Fill out the online form. The form will be emailed to the Suffolk Cooperative Library System. Once you submit the online form you will be sent an invoice by PayPal. As soon as PayPal notifies SCLS that payment has been received, the film will be ordered. It will be delivered to SCLS and then sent to your library.