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A guide to our contemporary, historic and business newspaper sources for the UK and other countries

The Library has access to a wide range of historic newspapers, most of which have been digitised and made available online. Our strength is in British and Irish newspapers, but we do have some historic international collections as well (please choose the International News Sources button to view these).

Our collections date from the earliest date of news books and pamphlets of the 17th century right up to the present day. We have access to the individual archives of all the national broadsheet newspapers back to their first issue, as well as collections of regional newspapers, particularly from the 19th century. Access to these individual newspaper archives can be found below.

If you want to search across a range of newspapers, we suggest you start with Gale Primary Sourcesas this gives access to nearly all our British newspaper archives, except for The Guardian and The Observer.

Historic British and Irish Newspapers