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 growing collections of radio, television and web news. 

Collection highlights

News media collections

British Newspaper Archive

Over 10 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


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


We have over 60 million newspapers from the early 17th century to the present day

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


The Newsroom is a new dedicated space in our St Pancras building for newspapers, broadcast and web news. You can access microfilm, print and digital newspapers, with reference sources and expert help.

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 for all Reading Rooms

We offer a series of workshops to help you make the best use of the Library's collections.


Blog posts

St Pancras Intelligencer no. 37

27 February 2015

Here's the latest edition of the St Pancras Intelligencer, our now monthly round-up of news about news. So here are the highlights from February 2015. It's been a full month, what with one thing and another - Peter Oborne quitting...

Talking about things local

24 February 2015

Last year we wrote a post on how we were archiving community news websites, or hyperlocal sites, as part of our non-print legal deposit web archiving plans. Part of the great upheaval taking place at the moment in how news...

St Pancras Intelligencer no. 36

01 February 2015

Times are hard in the news industry, as all will know, and this applies to the news curator's blog as well. It just hasn't proved possible to keep up the weekly production of our St Pancras Intelligencer round-up of the...

Into the void

27 January 2015

On Friday 23 January 2015 the British Library formally opened the National Newspaper Building at Boston Spa, Yorkshire. The building has been operational for a few months now, but it feels right to mark these things with a celebration, and...

The Newsroom Blog

News media projects

Newspaper moves

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

Case studies

…'s good for finding those little pieces of the jigsaw...…

Using newspapers in research: Alex Hall, PhD student


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.


Newspaper Licensing Agency

The collecting society for UK newspapers 

News Media Association

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


List of Newspapers

Directory of online newspapers worldwide

British Newspaper Archive

Digitised newspapers from the British Library


Europeana Newspapers

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


Cruel Deeds and Dreadful Calamities

A history of the Victorian newspaper Illustrated Police News


W.T. Stead: Newspaper Revolutionary (hardback)

W.T. Stead: Newspaper Revolutionary

14 essays reveal the story of this influential and controversial figure in British journalism.


Front cover of Comic, Curious and Quirky News Stories from Centuries Past

Comic Curious and Quirky News Stories from Centuries Past

Humorous, bizarre and quirky newspaper stories spanning the 1700s to 1900s