Access to FamilySearch Digital Microfilm Available

October 31, 2017 | Irena

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December  13, 2017 Update:

FamilySearch now requires a free registration account to

access their site. Registration instructions can be found here

Please choose the Chrome browser for optimal image display.


FamilySearch is a nonprofit family history organization (coordinated by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) dedicated to connecting families across generations.

On September 7, 2017, FamilySearch discontinued their microfilm lending service. Toronto Public Library is an Affiliate Public Library and participated in the microfilm lending service by providing a microfilm pick-up location at Toronto Reference Library.

Through its designation as an Affiliate Public Library, Toronto Public Library is pleased to announce that FamilySearch has enabled access to some -- but not all -- restricted digital microfilm collections on computer workstations in Toronto Public Library branches. See *** NOTE *** below


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To date, over 1.5 million microfilms (approximately 1.5 billion images) have been digitized by FamilySearch, including all microfilms which were borrowed in the last five years.

Restricted access digital microfilm will display with the camera and key icon (example below on the right):


After logging in to a Toronto Public Library branch computer, proceed to the FamilySearch website ( and search for a digital microfilm collection. The restricted access digital microfilm collections will display on Toronto Public Library computers without the key icon above the camera because access is 'unlocked' through the connection to a Toronto Public Library IP address.

Please note that remote access is not available: restricted digital microfilm access is only available via a computer workstation physically located in a Toronto Public Library branch.


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Some digital images may have privacy, copyright, contractual, or other restrictions which limit access; a digitized microfilm record may still require that you log in as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or that you access it at a Family History Center. If such restrictions apply, a notification will appear in the microfilm description.


Film #102042567

While signed in at Toronto Public Library, the 'microfilm restriction' key appears above the camera icon; clicking on the icon reveals a screen of 'Photo Not Available' images and a 'Images Available' message:

FS mf res


To verify whether you will have access to any particular digital microfilm at Toronto Public Library, you can contact staff  before you visit a branch and verify whether a specific digital microfilm is accessible on library computers.

Please provide staff with the film number from the FamilySearch catalogue.


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Researchers who require longer than the one-hour Reserve-a-Computer limit can also use one of four microfilm scanner computer workstations available on the 2nd floor of Toronto Reference Library. Please sign in and obtain a keyboard from staff at the 2nd floor Information Desk.


Please view the video tutorial by James Tanner titled "Where are the digitized records on" for detailed search instructions.