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

  • A bound printed newspaper

    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 40 million searchable pages, from more than 1,000 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
  • Display of part of a web page

    Web news

    Our Legal Deposit UK Web Archive includes millions of websites from the UK domain
  • A group representing the Roundheads and Cavaliers. Prince Rupert and Prince Griffin's dogs are about to fight each other

    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
Readers at desks in the Newsroom at the British Library

Newsroom

A dedicated space for newspapers, broadcast and web news.

  • Find information on the open-access shelves
  • Access microfilm, print and digital newspapers
  • Order collection items to the Reading Rooms via our catalogues

If you need help, please ask our Reference Specialists at the enquiry desk or contact the News Reference Service Team.

We offer a range of free Reader sessions and 1-2-1 consultations to help you make the best use of the Library's collections.

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

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

Extending the partnership

Monday, May 24, 2021

We are very pleased to be able to announce that the British Library and family history website Findmypast have extended their partnership operation of the British Newspaper Archive. British Newspaper Archive The BNA was originally launched in 2011, with the...

The US 2020 election broadcast archive

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

As Joe Biden has now passed his first 100 days as the 46th President of the United States of America, it is time to reflect on the broadcasts of the US presidential election archived by the British Library. 2020 thrust...

Researching short-lived newspapers

Wednesday, March 24, 2021

We're delighted to be announcing with Edge Hill University the availability of a fully funded Collaborative Doctoral Studentship from 1 October 2021 under the AHRC’s Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme. A selection of short-lived British nineteenth-century newspaper titles The theme is...

Identifying dancing dogs

Sunday, March 7, 2021

The mass digitisation of historic newspapers has had a huge effect on many areas of research. Theories have been confirmed or overturned, new discoveries are made daily, evidence is available in abundance. One area in which digitised newspapers have had...

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

More Case studies
…A collaborative PhD with the British Library gives me the means to access a public audience…

Ruth uses the digitised newspaper collection to explore attitudes towards immigration in nineteenth century Britain.

…...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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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!

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

£12.99

Propaganda: Power and Persuasion

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

£19.99