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We hold a large and varied collection of newspapers on microfilm, which complements the main newspaper collection held in London. These can be supplied through any of our document delivery services.

UK newspapers

The most popular of these are the UK broadsheets: the Daily Telegraph, the Financial Times, the Guardian, the Independent and The Times. The Times is held from 1960 to the present day and the other broadsheets from around 1980 onwards. We also hold Sunday editions from 1990 onwards. Additional years of some titles may be available. Please refer to the Document Supply Journals/Serials collection on Explore the British Library for full details. As well as the UK broadsheets, we hold other UK national newspapers such as the Daily Mail and the Daily Express, but these have been added to the collection on an infrequent basis because it is not our policy to collect the tabloids.

You can view a The full list of British Newspapers available via the Document Supply Service from the link on the right.

Early British newspapers

We hold quite a few newspapers from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries that may be of interest to historians and other researchers. These are predominantly, but not exclusively, London based and include the Daily Courant (1702-1735), the London Post (1644) and the Caledonian Mercury (1722-1726).

Foreign newspapers

We hold many foreign newspaper titles including quite a comprehensive collection from the former Soviet Union. Titles include Pravda, Novoe Vremia and Nedelia. Titles from the United States include the Churchman, the New Yorker, the Saturday Evening Post (Philadelphia) and the Boston Observer. European titles include the Frankfurter Allegmeine, Zeit and the Irish Schoolmistress!

Lending Policy

It is possible to order copies of specific articles from the collection or loans of whole editions in microfilm format.

Further information

For further information contact:

The British Library
Document Supply
Boston Spa, Wetherby
West Yorkshire
LS23 7BQ
United Kingdom

Tel: + 44 (0)1937 546060