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

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

Web news

Our Legal Deposit UK Web Archive includes millions of websites from the UK domain

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 from the Newsroom

The news from Waterloo

19 June 2015

The bicentenary of the battle of Waterloo is upon us, and of the many books, programmes and articles currently published about the event, one of the most novel and fasincating is Brian Cathcart's history The News from Waterloo. This tells...

UK General Election 2015 - the broadcast archive

15 June 2015

The UK General Election of 2015 was decided by television. Despite the ardent advocacy of some newspapers, and for all the claims being made about it being a social media election, television dominated perceptions, debates and the presentation of policies....

Five years of Broadcast News

06 May 2015

Five years ago to this day, at 21:55, we threw on the switches for the first official television and radio news recordings for our Broadcast news service. It was, of course, the day of the General Election, and we decided...

Microfilms at Boston Spa

05 May 2015

It's great to be able to announce a major step forward in offering equal access to our news collections across both our sites, at St Pancras in London and Boston Spa in Yorkshire. As of today, all British Library newspaper...

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


How to guides

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