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 growing collections of radio, television and web news. 

Collection highlights

News media collections

British Newspaper Archive

Over 8 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 news programmes


We have over 60 million newspapers from the early 17th century to the present day

More collection guides
Image of the newsroom at the British Library, St Pancras, London


The Newsroom 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. Print newspapers will become available again in late November 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 

A range of print newspapers will also become available in our Reading Room at Boston Spa.


Blog posts

Into the void

27 January 2015

On Friday 23 January 2015 the British Library formally opened the National Newspaper Building at Boston Spa, Yorkshire. The building has been operational for a few months now, but it feels right to mark these things with a celebration, and...

2014 - the year's news about news

19 December 2014

2014 has been an extraordinary, sometimes harrowing, year for news. It has also been a highly significant year for the production and use of news itself - hot topics have included the hacking trial, IPSO, Buzzfeed, data journalism, Google and...

They are a-changin'

18 November 2014

Two recent news stories from the world of news have given indication of how time may eventually run out for print newspapers. On the other hand, strong arguments have also been made recently for the sturdy nature of the medium,...

Newspaper reading rooms - a subversive history

15 October 2014

The third in our series of lectures named after the 19th century journalist WT Stead is to be given by Professor Aled Gruffydd Jones, newspaper historian and head of the National Library of Wales, on 21 November 2014 at the...

The Newsroom Blog

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 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 

News Media Association

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

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