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
Image of the newsroom at the British Library, St Pancras, London


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

Olympic news

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

There's nothing quite like a worldwide story such as the Olympic Games for showing how all news is relative. There is no absolute concept of what is news: it is always determined by the particular audience of which we are...

New nationals

Monday, August 1, 2016

Newspapers may be in decline, but that isn't stopping publishers coming up with fresh ways in which to produce the news in print.Over the past two years we have seen four new 'national' newspapers appear in the UK: The National,...

Brexit - the broadcast archive

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The most tumultuous British news story since the British Library began recording television and radio news programmes in 2010 has undoubtedly been the EU referendum. The result of the vote made on 23 June 2016 is still causing shockwaves, and...

News is beautiful

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Today's news may not always be happy, but it is often beautiful to look at. A new book, Visual Storytelling: Infographic Design in News, by Lu Yikun and Dong Zhao, shows how the rise in data journalism and reusable data...

The Newsroom Blog

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

…'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


Cruel Deeds and Dreadful Calamities

A history of the Victorian newspaper Illustrated Police News


W.T. Stead: Newspaper Revolutionary (hardback)

W.T. Stead: Newspaper Revolutionary

14 essays reveal the story of this influential and controversial figure in British journalism.


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