Newspaper moves

Bound volumes of newspapers at the British Library Newspaper Library Colindale North London

The Newspaper Moves Programme safeguards the future of our newspaper collection by moving it into archival-standard storage at Boston Spa

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From 7 April the Newsroom at St Pancras is the new home for news collections.

Following the closure of the Newspaper Library at Colindale, print newspapers are currently being moved to the Newspaper Storage Building (NSB) at our Boston Spa site in West Yorkshire. The new building will provide fully environmentally-controlled storage conditions for the entire collection for the very first time, with low oxygen to eliminate the risk of fire.

As well as securing the long-term future of the print collection, the Newspaper Programme aims to transform the way that researchers are able to access news content. The Library’s partnership with DC Thomson Family History to digitise 40 million newspaper pages over 10 years, will make historic newspapers accessible to a wider audience than ever before.

Periodicals can now be ordered into any Reading Room at St Pancras, while microfilm and digital newspaper collections will become available when the Newsroom opens on 7 April. Print newspapers for which no microfilm or digital copy exists will become available to order within 48 hours from autumn 2014.

Collection Moves News Bulletin (Mar 2013)

Collection Moves News Bulletin (Oct 2013)

Collection Moves News Bulletin (Jun 2013)

Collection Moves News Bulletin (Feb 2013)

Collection Moves News Bulletin (Nov 2012)

Collection Moves News Bulletin (Jul 2012)

BBC video from November 2013 giving a behind-the-scenes look at the newspaper moves.


Ben Sanderson, Communications Lead, Newspaper Programme

Alasdair Bruce, Newspaper Programme Manager

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