British newspapers | Cambridge Libraries (2023)

On this page, you will find newspapers and news sites published in the United Kingdom available to current staff and students of the University of Cambridge. Details of coverage of current and archival issues are included.

17th-18th Century British Library Newspapers

Over 1,270 newsbooks, newspapers, pamphlets and a variety of other news materials published in England, Ireland and Scotland, plus papers from British colonies in Asia and the Americas. The collection is particularly rich in 18th century London newspapers, including the Daily Courant from 1702 to 1735, the first daily newspaper published in London, and the London Gazette from 1665.

Periodicals, such as Tatler (1709-1711) and Spectator (1711-1712), are also included as are English provincial titles from 1712, Irish newspapers (the earliest being the Dublin Intelligence of 1691), Scottish newspapers from 1708 onwards, and many 18th century American newspapers, including the New England Courant (1721-1723)

19th Century UK Periodicals Series 1 New Readerships

Nineteenth-century periodical literature published in the UK, of particular interest to those researching nineteenth-century history, literature and culture, empire, feminism, the history of the book, the creative and performing arts, sport and leisure, science and medicine, and the professions. The first part (New Readerships) covers Women’s, Children’s, Humour and Leisure/Sport.

British Library Newspapers

National, regional, and local 19th century British newspapers, including 48 titles, totalling approximately 2.2 million pages, which reflect the social and political developments of the time. The collection focuses on London national newspapers, English regional papers, home country newspapers from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, and titles in specialist areas such as Victorian radicalism and Chartism

British Periodicals 1 and 2

Traces the development and growth of the periodical press in Britain from its origins in the seventeenth century through to the Victorian 'age of periodicals' and beyond. Access to full-text of nearly 460 British popular and literary periodicals published from the 17th century to the early 20th century, including the Anti-Slavery Reporter, London Review, Royal Magazine or Gentleman’s Monthly Companion, some religious titles such as The Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine.

Daily Express

Searchable database of the newspaper. Here you can view, download and print historic pages from Daily Express newspaper dating back to 1900. The Sunday Express is also available from 2000.

Daily Mail

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Described by theNew Yorkeras "the newspaper that rules Britain," theDaily Mailhas been at the heart of British journalism since 1896, regularly changing the course of government policy and setting the national debate. It currently boasts a circulation of over 2 million, and its website is the most visited news site in the world.

Daily Star

The Daily Star Archive archive is a fully searchable database of the newspaper. Here you can view, download and print pages from Daily Star newspaper dating back to 2000. The Daily Star Sunday is also available, complete from 2002


Access to the current issues of The Economistfrom 29th September 2008 to present.The Economist Online offers authoritative insight and opinion on international news, politics, business, finance, science and technology via theABI/Informplatform.

Economist Historical Archive 1843-2003

Searchable complete facsimile edition of The Economist. 8,000 issues and more than 600,0000 pages, offering full-colour images, multiple search indexes, topic and area supplements and surveys, together with a gallery of front covers (via the browse by date option). Maps, images and financial tables can be searched separately. Selected financial tables published after May 1983 can be exported using links in the blue box to left of the page image.


Dow Jones collection of business and general news from 14,000 sources. A wide variety of UK and foreign newspapers and news sources including theFinancial TimesandWall Street Journal. Individual titles can be searched iniDiscover.

Financial Times (FT)

The Financial Times is the world’s premier newspaper for business and economics. access significantly enhances the Cambridge reader’s existing access via Factiva and ABI/Inform, providing up-to-the-minute news coverage, all statistical sources and their full visualization online, personalization of content, and companies and markets data.

Financial Times (FT) Archive

The complete run of the London edition of this internationally known daily paper, from its first issue through 2016. Every article, advertisement, and market listing is included -- shown both individually and in the context of the full page and issue of the day. Each item has been subject- or topic-categorized for fast retrieval and review.

The Guardian started life as The Manchester Guardian in 1821 but changed title to The Guardian in 1959. The papers are fully cross-searchable with the other newspapers on the ProQuest Historical Newspapers platform, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Times of India. As well as browsing of discrete issues, there are multiple ways to search and across different content types (articles; cartoons; advertisements etc.).

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Verbatim report of the proceedings of the House of Commons and House of Lords.

Hansard Corpus databases

Searchable database of the speeches of the British Parliament from 1803 to 2005.

Illustrated London News Historical Archive

Fully searchable archive of all issues from 1842 to 2003 of the world's renowned pictorial weekly newspaper.

The Independent Archive

The Independent is a major British daily national newspaper, launched in 1986 as an antidote to its often overtly political rivals. Its evolution over a quarter of a century has been considerable, but the publication has also retained a unique position in British journalism. Featuring journalists and columnists from across the political spectrum, the paper is generally regarded as centrist, presenting fresh, alternative views on the free market, social issues, and culture

International Herald Tribune Archive

Sold in over 160 countries and read worldwide, theInternational Herald Tribuneis one of the most innovative and original newspapers, famous for its objective and clear coverage. Bringing an international perspective, it provides a valuable counterpoint to the Anglo-American press, adding a new dimension to research.

Irish Newspaper Archive

Digital archives of many of Ireland's historical newspapers from the 1700s to the present, including out of print publications

Irish Times

Over 150 years of Irish Times journalism, as it originally appeared in print. Searchable by keyword and date, reproductions of every page of The Irish Times from 1859 up to the last 7 days.

LexisNexis Butterworths

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A wide selection of UK newspapers, including regional titles, with backfiles (coverage varies between publications). Select "News" from the navigation bar at the top of the screen.

The Listener Archive

A weekly magazine established by the BBC in 1929 under its director-general, Lord Reith. It was the intellectual counterpart to the BBC listings magazine,Radio Times. Developed as the medium for reproducing broadcast talks -- initially on radio, but in later years television as well -- theListeneris one of the few records and means of accessing the content of many early broadcasts. In addition to commentaryexpanding on the intellectual broadcasts of the week, theListeneralso previewed major literary and musical shows and regularly reviewed new books.

London Review of Books

Full access to the LRB, “Europe’s leading magazine of culture and ideas”.

Mirror Archive

TheDaily Mirror(working-class) and theDaily Mail(middle class) challenged the broadsheet dominance of newspapers such asThe TimesandThe Telegraph, providing both an alternative view and journalistic style which went on to dominate the British newspaper market in the second half of the twentieth century.

Nichols Newspaper Collection

John Nichols (1745–1826) was a printer and former Master of the Stationers’ Company, biographer of Hogarth and Swift, and writer of a county history of Leicestershire. He began collecting newspapers around 1778 through purchasing a large share in the Gentleman’s Magazine, who had provided Samuel Johnson with his first regular employment as a writer. Not only did he collect many more materials after this, he also made them available to scholars, a tradition continued by the Bodleian Library, and now Gale. The collection contains over 150,000 pages of printed text, spanning nearly 100 years of history

Nineteenth Century Serials Edition

19th century periodicals and newspapers, including Monthly Repository, Unitarian Chronicle, Northern Star, Leader, English Woman's Journal, Tomahawk, and Publishers' Circular.

Punch archive

From 1841 to 1992,Punchwas the world's most celebrated magazine of wit and satire. From its early years as a campaigner for social justice to its transformation into national icon,Punchplayed a central role in the formation of British identity -- and how the rest of the world saw the British nation.

Regional Business News

Full text of 50+ regional business publications in the UK.

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Sunday Times archive

Despite the similarity of names, theSunday Timeswas an entirely separate paper fromThe Timesuntil 1966, when both papers came under common ownership. To this day, theSunday Timesremains editorially independent from theTimes, with its own remit and perspective on the news.

Telegraph Archive

Directed at a wealthy, well-educated readership, the newspaper is commonly associated with traditional Toryism despite its more liberal beginnings, especially in regard to foreign policy. Under the editorship of poet and Orientalist Edwin Arnold from 1873 to 1899, the paper frequently featured articles on foreign affairs and foreign cultures. This led toThe Telegraph's coverage of Henry Morton Stanley's expedition to Africa in search of David Livingstone, which wasco-sponsored with theNew York Herald.

Times Digital Archive

The entire content of The Times, 1785-2012, including all articles, advertisements and illustrations/photos divided into categories to facilitate searching

Times Higher Education (THE)

Access to the latest weekly edition of the THE, plus access to issues back to 2013.

The Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive

More than 250,000 reviews, letters, poems, and articles in over 5,000 issues of the TLS in the context in which they were originally published. All articles are fully indexed and searchable by author and/or contributor and the identities of the contributors to the TLS who were published anonymously until 1974 are disclosed for the first time and augmented by biographical sketches

Wellesley Index to Victorian Periodicals

An index to the authorship of articles in Victorian periodicals, and a bibliography of articles written by each contributor, and using each pseudonym. Citations of evidence are provided to support attributions of authorship, along with brief biographical and vocational details. 45 important monthly and quarterly titles are included, covering the period from the beginning of the Westminster Review in 1824 to the end of the century. The exception to this is the Edinburgh Review, which is indexed from first issue, in 1802.

Welsh Newspapers Online

Over 1,100,000 pages from nearly 120 newspaper publications generally up to 1910 from the National Library of Wales collections.


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Database of legal materials containing a significant number of national newspapers and newswires, regional newspapers, international newspapers and newswires of business, trade and industry. Select "News" from the navigation bar at the top of the screen.


Does the British Library have every newspaper? ›

The collection includes full runs of the main London edition of all the British national daily and Sunday newspapers. Most daily and weekly provincial newspapers are also held including some from the early 18th century onwards. Newspapers are acquired selectively from overseas, in English and other European languages.

How do I find old newspaper articles UK? ›

The British Newspaper Archive website gives access to over 40 million fully searchable pages, featuring more than 1,000 newspaper titles from every part of the UK and Ireland, and some overseas titles. Full text searching is available.

Can the public visit Cambridge University library? ›

Email: or phone: +44 1223 333030 in advance of a planned visit for information about admission to the Library and to book an appointment to obtain a card. Further details and an online application form are available on the joining the library pages.

Is Cambridge library free? ›

Cambridge Central Library is open and here for you. We welcome you to browse and borrow our collection, access our PCs and WI-FI for free and use our space to study, meet, share or just relax.

Do libraries have copies of newspapers? ›

The local library

Many local libraries keep copies of their local newspapers, either in microfiche format or in great big piles of newsprint. Here's where to find a library near you. Reading local newspapers can be great for research purposes: whether investigating families or news stories.

What does the British Library have copies of? ›

The British Library's collection includes books, journals, manuscripts, maps, stamps, music, patents, photographs, newspapers and sound. Many of our digital collections provide material for free online. Please come to our Reading Rooms to access material that isn't available online.

Do libraries have newspaper archives UK? ›

Some libraries and archives have newspaper collections. Find regional newspaper collections in: British Library Newspapers – the main British copyright collection. The National Library of Wales.

Can I view old newspapers online? ›

Find an online version of the newspaper

Search the library catalog for the newspaper title. Click into the record and look at the dates in the "View It" section to see whether the time frame you need is available for searching. Click on the link for the correct time frame. Enter your search terms.

Are there any free newspaper archives? ›

Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1922 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. The purpose of is to make it possible to search all of the world's free digital newspapers from one place and at one time.

Why are bags not allowed in library? ›

Thefts have occurred in the library. Bags and valuables in the Library are the responsibility of the owner and should not be left unattended.

Can Oxford students use Cambridge library? ›

All members of the University of Cambridge are welcome to use the Library. Academic staff, postgraduate and research students from other universities can apply to use the Library for reference. Undergraduate students from other UK universities can apply to access the Library for reference during Cambridge vacations.

Can alumni use the Cambridge library? ›

All alumni are able to access the main University Library for free.

Can you eat in Cambridge library? ›

No drink of any sort is allowed in the Main Reading Room, the Milstein Exhibition Centre, nor in the Special Collections reading rooms: the Anderson (Music), Aoi (East Asian), Manuscripts, Maps and Rare Books rooms. Food can be eaten in the Tea Room and the courtyards only.

How much is it to print at the library UK? ›

British Library document supply

All personal photocopying and black & white printing is charged at 5p per side of A4. Charges are displayed beside the photocopier/printers. A3 and Colour printing is charged at 10p per side.

Can University students use other university libraries? ›

Other university libraries

The SCONUL Access scheme allows you to visit a range of other academic libraries for reference and, in some cases, to borrow items too. The scheme is open to undergraduate and postgraduate students here, as well as most academic staff and research students.

Do libraries have newspaper archives UK? ›

Some libraries and archives have newspaper collections. Find regional newspaper collections in: British Library Newspapers – the main British copyright collection. The National Library of Wales.

Where can I get newspaper articles? ›

Go to your local public library if you can't go to a university library. Large public libraries may also keep copies of old newspaper articles, especially in their genealogy departments. Most of these newspapers will probably be available in microform or microfiche.

How do I find old newspaper archives? ›

Use a newspaper index
  1. See the Library of Congress list of U.S. Newspaper Archives & Indexes.
  2. Search Williams WorldCat for [name of newspaper] index (e.g., Boston Globe index) Look for format journal/magazine or newspaper. Be sure to look at what years the index was published.
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Where can I find free newspaper archives? ›

Guides to Online Free Newspapers
  • Chronicling America: Historic Newspapers. ...
  • Search the World's Historical Newspaper Archive. ...
  • Europeana: Newspapers. ...
  • Google Newspaper Archive. ...
  • ICON: International Coalition on Newspapers: International Collections. ...
  • ICON: International Coalition on Newspapers: United States.
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