You’ll find British and overseas newspapers dating back to the 1600s and we have growing collections of radio, television and web news

Collection guides

  • Newspapers

    We have over 60 million newspapers from the early 17th century to the present day
  • Image from the British Newspaper Archive

    British Newspaper Archive

    Over 14 million searchable pages, from more than 640 newspaper titles from UK and Ireland
  • Clive Myrie presenting BBC News

    Television and radio news

    The Broadcast News service provides onsite access to recent news programmes
  • Web news

    Our Legal Deposit UK Web Archive includes millions of websites from the UK domain
  • Image from Thomason Tracts

    Thomason Tracts

    A key source for the English Civil War in the mid-17th century
  • Image from the Burney Collection

    Burney collection

    Largest single collection of 17th and 18th-century English newspapers available
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Newsroom

The Newsroom is a new dedicated space in our St Pancras building for newspapers, broadcast and web news. You can access microfilm, print and digital newspapers, with reference sources and expert help.

You’ll need a Reader Pass

Mon 10.00 – 20.00
Tue - Thu 09.30 – 20.00
Fri – Sat 09.30 – 17.00
Sun & English Public Holidays closed

Opening hours for all Reading Rooms

We offer a series of workshops to help you make the best use of the Library's collections.

For enquiries, please contact the Reference Service

News stories

Listen to our latest news media podcast

23 July 2015

In our latest news media podcast Linda Stratmann discusses murder, mayhem and escaped elephants in the Illustrated Police News

National Newspaper Building open

23 July 2015

New long-term home for UK national newspaper collection now holds 60 million newspapers in low oxygen storage

Blog posts from the Newsroom

Archiving the general election on TV

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The general election that no one was supposed to want turned out to be completely compelling. Many of the apparent certainties on which the UK's snap election of June 2017 was based were overturned, at least in part - from...

St. Pancras Intelligencer no. 40 - fake news special

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Fake news is probably as old as news itself. Certainly, as far as the British Library is concerned, it goes back to 1614 at least, when the good people of Horsham in Sussex were told of the dragon in their...

Rand Daily Mail

Friday, March 3, 2017

The latest addition to the electronic newspaper resources available to British Library readers is one that we're particularly pleased to have secured, the Rand Daily Mail. Published from 1902 to 1985, the South African daily newspaper was renowned for its...

Analysing the past

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

There are exciting changes happening in how we use newspapers to study the past. After decades in which the use of newspapers in research meant leafing through volumes or scrolling through microfilms, digitisation made millions of newspapers more readily searchable...

More blog posts

News media projects

Newspaper moves

The Newspaper Moves Programme safeguards the long-term future of the national newspaper collection

All projects

Library experts

Dr Luke McKernan

Lead Curator, News and Moving Image

Case studies

…...it's good for finding those little pieces of the jigsaw...…

Using newspapers in research: Alex Hall, PhD student

External links

The British Library is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.

Newspaper Licensing Agency

The collecting society for UK newspapers

List of Newspapers

Directory of online newspapers worldwide

News Media Association

Represents and promotes the interests of Britain's regional and local media

British Newspaper Archive

Digitised newspapers from the British Library

Europeana Newspapers

Three-year project (2012-15) to aggregate 18 million historic newspaper pages

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Front cover of Comic, Curious and Quirky News Stories from Centuries Past

Comic, Curious and Quirky News Stories from Centuries Past

Humorous, bizarre and quirky newspaper stories spanning the 1700s to 1900s.

£10

Try it! buy it!

Try It! Buy It!

A colourful collection of more than 200 classic advertisements, drawn from the British Library's collection.

£12.99

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Propaganda: Power and Persuasion

Explore the range of propaganda used by different states – and their opponents.

£19.99