British Library Newspapers at Colindale closed last November and work is underway to move the Library’s newspaper collections to a purpose-built Newspaper Storage Building (NSB) in Boston Spa, West Yorkshire. Future access to the Library’s news collections will be via the British Library Newsroom, opening soon at St Pancras.
Newsroom to open at St Pancras, Monday 7 April
Refurbishment work on the British Library Newsroom is progressing well and the new facility will open on Monday 7 April. Readers will once again have access to microfilm and digital newspaper collections as well as broadcast, multimedia and archived websites.
Periodical collections formerly held at Colindale are already available to order again, following an embargo that ran from June last year to 17 February. The majority of periodicals, amounting to some 24,000 titles, have been moved to Boston Spa and are available to order into any St Pancras Reading Room within 48 hours. A small number of high-use periodicals have been moved to St Pancras and will be available to order into any St Pancras Reading Room within 70 minutes.
Readers can choose to order these journals online in advance of their visit using Explore the British Library which has improved information about the titles and volumes held by the Library. Readers can also track the progress of their requests via My Reading Room Requests. Records for microfilm and print newspapers that are currently being moved are also visible. Although these items remain unavailable for the time being, the records will link to digital versions where these are available and will help Readers to plan future research.
Print newspapers will become available again in autumn 2014, where there are no microfilm or digital alternatives available in our collection.
For full details, please see the March Collection Moves Bulletin. (PDF)
Get answers to frequently asked questions about changes to access to newspapers. (PDF)
Find out how to upgrade your Newspaper Reader Pass to a full British Library Reader Pass. (PDF)
Find out which newspaper resources you can access prior to the opening of the Newsroom on 7 April. (PDF)
The moves are part of a wider programme that aims to safeguard the long-term future of the collection, which includes more than 750 million pages of local, regional and national newspapers, along with periodicals covering every aspect of life in the UK and beyond.
Future access to the collection will be via a dedicated Newsroom at the Library’s main site at St Pancras, where microfilm and digital copies will satisfy the majority of requests. Where no ‘surrogate’ copy exists, it will be possible to request the print originals from Boston Spa; if the required item is in good enough condition to travel, it will be delivered to St Pancras within 48 hours.
You can find background information about the newspaper collection and moves in the links on the right-hand side of this page.
Digitising British Library newspapers
Another element of the Library’s wider Newspaper Programme is our 10-year partnership with online publisher brightsolid to digitise up to 40 million pages of newspapers. You can explore the British Newspaper Archive online (free to search – page views by subscription) or access the site – which now includes more than 7 million searchable pages – for free in the British Library’s Reading Rooms in London and Yorkshire.
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