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 20 million searchable pages, from more than 700 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
The Newsroom in 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 free Discovery and 1-2-1 Sessions 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

A political scandal, a fatal duel

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

One of the most rewarding aspects of working on the Heritage Made Digital Newspapers, the British Library’s project to digitise a number of 19th century British newspapers, is uncovering the hidden, forgotten or lesser-known stories surrounding the newspapers we have...

Vaccination and the media - a 19th century debate

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Conspiracy theories capture the public’s interest and imagination. It’s evident in the documentaries about flat-earthers on Netflix, BBC podcasts about the anti-vaccination movement, and the panic surrounding the ‘Momo challenge’. The anti-vaccination movement, in particular, has been getting a lot...

News counts

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

How do I love thee? Let me %>% group_by (ways) %>% count() Counting is very simple. We’ve been doing it for 50,000 years. One of the first things we learn as a child is how to count: before or at...

The Black Wonder

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Here is a remarkable image. It looks, at first sight, like a collection of prosperous mid-Victorian gentlemen: perhaps a gathering of local politicians, or merchants of some kind, preening themselves with civic pride. But then we see the caption that...

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.

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Try It! Buy It!

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

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Propaganda: Power and Persuasion

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

£19.99