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 10 million searchable pages, from more than 200 newspaper titles from UK and Ireland
  • Image of a recorder

    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
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

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.

For enquiries, please contact the Reference Service

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

Mining the FT

24 September 2015

We're pleased to announce a partnership with the Financial Times to open up its archives to new kinds of research. The business news daily newspaper has been running since 1888, and has a wealth of information on national and international...

Web newspapers workshop

11 August 2015

Since April 2013 the British Library has been archiving millions of UK websites for the Legal Deposit UK Web Archive. Most of these sites are archived on an annual basis, but around 1,000 news-based websites are being archived on a...

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....

The Newsroom Blog

News media projects

Newspaper moves

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

Staff profiles

Dr Luke McKernan

Lead Curator, News and Moving Image

Case studies

…'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


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