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
  • Woodcut engraving on the title page of a English Civil War pamphlet showing a group representing the Roundheads and Cavaliers. Prince Rupert and Prince Griffin's dogs are about to fight each other. The pamphlet is ‘A Dialogue, or rather a parley betweene Prince Ruperts dogge whose name is Puddle and Tobies dog whose name is Pepper, etc.’ British Library shelfmark E.246.(23)

    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

The woman who gave birth to rabbits

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

A sensation hit the headlines in 1726. Mary Toft, a working-class woman from Godalming, Surrey, gave birth to rabbits. Dubbed the ‘rabbit woman’, she hoodwinked the entire nation, including some of the most lauded medical professionals. The news travelled fast...

Caroline, Byron and Wilde: celebrity scandal in the 19th century

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Sordid details of celebrities’ sex lives scandalised the public and sold huge numbers of newspapers in the 19th century and beyond. However, unlike today, salacious celebrity stories were rarely published in the press. Libel laws were more stringent and a...

Spotted: A flying serpent and a record-breaking Trump

Monday, May 9, 2022

During his inauguration in 2016, Donald Trump claimed to have been met by ‘record’ crowds after his successful campaign to become President of the United States. But what does this have in common with the appearance of a flying serpent...

Encountering the news

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

One of the special features of the British Library’s Breaking the News exhibition is a large-scale panorama, created by designers Northover&Brown. Objects and graphics have been placed into flowing pictures of networks, places and people, tracing the changing ways in...

More blog posts

News media projects

Newspaper moves

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

All projects

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