In addition to the outstanding range of British and overseas newspapers in the collections of British Library Newspapers, which can be consulted in the Reading Rooms at Colindale in north London, some other newspaper and newspaper cuttings materials of related interest can also be found in other collections throughout The British Library.
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Newspapers in the General Printed Books Collection
A collection of Civil War and other seventeenth-century newsbooks and newspapers, The Thomason Tracts, is housed in the main library in St Pancras and can be read in the Rare Books and Music Reading Room there.
Also held in the main library in St Pancras are the original copies of the pre-1801 newspapers, apart from most of its provinicial holdings, which belong to The Burney Collection of Newspapers. This remarkable collection consists of 700 bound volumes of newspapers dating from 1603 to 1817. Although access to the original papers themselves is restricted, microfilm copies of the papers - which make up one part of the large microfilm collection of Early English Newspapers - can be read in the microfilm reading areas of the Newspaper Library Reading Rooms at Colindale. Microfilms of the Burney Collection may also be consulted in the Rare Books and Music Reading Room in St Pancras.
These newspapers are listed in the British Library General Catalogue of Printed Books, along with some other early newspapers acquired into other collections and held in St Pancras. Special catalogues relating to the Thomason and Burney collections are held both in Colindale and in St Pancras.
The British Library has major holdings of newspapers and other periodicals produced by Germans and Austrians exiled abroad during the period of the Third Reich (1933-1945). These holdings are split between the main British Library at St Pancras and the Newspaper Library at Colindale. A checklist to the collection, German and Austrian Exile Periodicals, 1933-1945, compiled by Dorothea Miehe, provides the relevant locations and shelfmarks. Titles held in St Pancras can be read in the Humanities Reading Room; those held at Colindale are read in the Newspaper Library Reading Rooms.
For further information about consulting pre-1801 London newspapers in St Pancras, please contact:
The British Library
96 Euston Road
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7676
The Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections (APAC) hold newspapers in oriental and middle-eastern scripts, including those published in the United Kingdom and received via legal deposit.
The collections also include substantial holdings of South Asian newspapers in the English language, originally collected by the East India Company and the India Office, which have been transferred in their entirety to microfilm. A checklist to this collection, Handlist of Western Language South Asian Newspapers Held on Microfilm, compiled by Hedley Sutton (London: British Library, 1994), is available on the open access reference shelves in the Asian and African Studies Reading Room in St. Pancras. In 1983, the Newspaper Library ceased to acquire any current South Asian titles, and all holdings which were published after 1972 have been transferred to APAC.
Further details are available within the British Library's Online Information Server Asia, Pacific and Africa Collections pages.
The Document Supply Reading Room in Boston Spa, Yorkshire provides facilities for consulting The Financial Times, The Guardian, The Observer, The Sunday Times, and The Times on CD-ROM. In addition, back copies are held for 18 months of the main broadsheet national and Yorkshire newspapers. The Reports and Microfilm Store at Boston Spa also provides a photocopy/microform loan service from a limited range of British and overseas newspapers.
Further details are available within the British Library Document Supply service pages.
The British Library
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Fax: +44 (0)20 7412 7379