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 have growing collections of radio, television and web news. 

Collection highlights

News media collections

British Newspaper Archive

Over 7.5 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

Catalogues

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

Newspapers

Almost 7 million searchable pages of newspapers from across the UK and Ireland.

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

Newsroom

The Newsroom opens on Mon 7 April. It 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. The print newspapers will not be available until Autumn 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 

The Reading Room in Boston Spa is being refurbished

Featured

Blog posts

St Pancras Intelligencer no. 27

18 July 2014

Welcome to the latest edition of the St Pancras Intelligencer, our weekly round-up of news about news - stories about news production, publications, apps, digitised resources, events and what is happening with the newspaper collection (and other news collections) at...

The reading experience

17 July 2014

On 18 February 1814 Lord Byron got up and read his morning newspaper, a fact that we know because he recorded the action later that day in his journal: Got up - redde the Morning Post containing the battle of...

St Pancras Intelligencer no. 26

11 July 2014

Welcome to the latest edition of the St Pancras Intelligencer, our weekly round-up of news about news. It may be summer holiday time, but there is so much going on - George Clooney taking on Mail Online (and winning), the...

Newspapers in Europe and the Digital Agenda for Europe

10 July 2014

Europeana Newspapers is a three-year project (running to Jan 2015) which aims to Aggregate 18 million historic newspaper pages for Europeana and The European Library Convert 10 million newspaper pages to full text Create a special content viewer to improve...

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

Help

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.

Organisations

Newspaper Licensing Agency

The collecting society for UK newspapers 

Newspaper Publishers Association

The association for Britain's national news brands 

Newspaper Society

Represents and promotes the interests of Britain's regional and local media

Resources

List of Newspapers

Directory of online newspapers worldwide

British Newspaper Archive

Digitised newspapers from the British Library

Projects

Europeana Newspapers

Three-year project (2012-15) to aggregate18 million historic newspaper pages for Europeana and The European Library

Shop

Cruel Deeds and Dreadful Calamities

Cruel Deeds and Dreadful Calamities

Linda Stratmann

W.T. Stead: Newspaper Revolutionary (hardback)

W.T. Stead: Newspaper Revolutionary

Roger Luckhurst, Laurel Brake, James Mussell and Ed King

£35.00

Illustrated Periodicals of the 1860s

Illustrated Periodicals of the 1860s

Illustrated Periodicals of the 1860s

Simon Cooke