British Library Newspapers at Colindale has now closed, and work is underway to move the Library’s newspaper collections to a purpose-built Newspaper Storage Building (NSB) in Boston Spa, West Yorkshire. A News & Media Reading Room will open at the St Pancras site in March 2014.
British Library Newspapers at Colindale closed on 8 November 2013.
The Business & IP 2 Reading Room on Floor 2 will close on 7 December 2013. It will be remodelled to create a new News & Media Reading Room at St Pancras, which will open in March 2014. In this Reading Room it will be possible to access microfilm and digital collections. Periodicals will be available to access from all Reading Rooms. Print newspapers are expected to become available again in Autumn 2014.
Get answers to frequently asked questions about the closure of Colindale and the changes to access to newspapers.
Find out how to upgrade your Newspaper Reader Pass to a full British Library Reader Pass.
Find out which newspaper resources you can access between November 2013 and March 2014.
For further details, please see the October Collection Moves Bulletin (PDF format).
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 newspaper Reading Room 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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