The Microbook Library of English Literature (LEL) is a collection on ultrafiche containing 750,000 pages of material relating to all aspects of English literature from Beowulf to 1900. Included are materials from all periods and of all types: poetry, drama, essays, prose fiction, and religious, philosophical, and critical works both contemporary with the period covered and modern.
All of the works of major writers such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton are included along with sufficient materials for textual study. Secondary materials are included if they are of undoubted importance or have become English classics (e.g. Chapman's Homer).
Access to the LEL
Through a printed, two-volume guide to LEL materials and a computer-generated subject guide located next to the microfiche in the Microform Area.
Finding Library of English Literature Materials
When you have located the LEL number, go the the LEL cabinet in the Microform Area and retrieve the appropriate fiche. LEL fiche are filed numerically.
LEL materials are on a type of microform called ultrafiche. Up to 1000 pages of text will fit onto one piece of ultrafiche. You must use the Canon PC 70 Reader/Printer marked "for LEL materials" to read or print ultrafiche. Use the lens selector to move the 90X lens into place. Operating instructions are posted next to the Reader/Printer.
Copying LEL Materials
Copies of LEL materials may be made by using a 90x lens on the Canon PC 70 Reader/Printer. Request assistance with changing lenses at the Reference Desk.
Re-filing LEL Materials
When you have finished using the materials, place the fiche in its holder and put it in the box marked "To be Re-filed" on top of the fiche cabinet. Library staff will re-file the fiche.