News media

The British Library is home to the UK’s news collections

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

Collection highlights

News media collections

British Newspaper Archive

Over 7.5 million searchable pages, from more than 200 newspaper titles from UK and Ireland

Thomason Tracts

A key source for the English Civil War in the mid-17th century

Burney Collection

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


Main Catalogue

Search, view and order from 57 million records, or search our website

Collection guides

Television and radio news

The Broadcast News service provides onsite access to recent television and radio news programmes


Newspapers published in the UK and Republic of Ireland, and many from elsewhere: over 34,000 titles, 60 million issues

More collection guides
Newsroom Architects Illustration


The Newsroom opens on Mon 7 April. It is a new dedicated space in our St Pancras (London) building for newspapers, broadcast and web news. You can access microfilm and digital newspapers, with reference sources and expert help. The print newspapers will not be available until Autumn 2014.  

You’ll need a Reader Pass to use it

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

Opening hours 

The Reading Room in Boston Spa is being refurbished


News media projects

Newspaper moves

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

Case studies

Alex Hall

Using newspapers in research: Alex Hall, PhD student


Staff member profiles

Dr Luke McKernan

Lead Curator, News and Moving Image

See also

External links

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


Newspaper Licensing Agency

The collecting society for UK newspapers 

Newspaper Publishers Association

The association for Britain's national news brands 

Newspaper Society

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


List of Newspapers

Directory of online newspapers worldwide

British Newspaper Archive

Digitised newspapers from the British Library


Europeana Newspapers

Three-year project (2012-15) to aggregate18 million historic newspaper pages for Europeana and The European Library


Cruel Deeds and Dreadful Calamities

Cruel Deeds and Dreadful Calamities

Linda Stratmann

W.T. Stead: Newspaper Revolutionary (hardback)

W.T. Stead: Newspaper Revolutionary

W.T. Stead: Newspaper Revolutionary

Roger Luckhurst, Laurel Brake, James Mussell and Ed King

Illustrated Periodicals of the 1860s

Illustrated Periodicals of the 1860s

Illustrated Periodicals of the 1860s

Simon Cooke