How to find newspapers

How to find current, historical and online newspapers

The SLV paper run

The Library receives about 280 papers each week. This blog entry describes the daily journey of a newspaper- from dispatch through accessioning and to the public Reading Room.



There are over 3,000 different newspapers in the State Library of Victoria's newspaper collection including Melbourne's Herald Sun and The Age. There are also hundreds of newspapers accessible through the Free journals, databases and ebooks page. This guide will help you find newspapers using the Library catalogue, eresources and selected websites.

It will also show you how to use the online catalogue to search by newspaper title, search for all newspapers published in a particular place, by type of newspaper, e.g sporting or business newspapers, and to find current or historical newspapers.

Newspapers can be found across a variety of formats such as print, microfilm, online, or a combination of all of these. This guide has grouped newspapers into time periods regardless of format:

  1. Current newspapers, no more than 3 months old
  2. Newspapers, 2000-2014
  3. Historical newspapers, 1700s-1990s

The easiest way to see what papers we hold is by searching the Library catalogue. Type the name of the place you are looking for, along with the word 'newspapers', into the catalogue, for example, 'Swan Hill newspapers', then hit 'Search'.

This guide also looks at online, specialists and foreign language newspapers.

You can purchase copies from newspapers in our collection through our online copy ordering service. If you would like to buy an original newspaper, you can ask second-hand or antiquarian bookstores or contact PaperWorld which sells original newspapers.

Newspaper resources

Watch this introduction to the Newspaper Collection.

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Digitising newspapers

Learn how the Library digitises newspapers; from selection of titles through conservation to the scanning of the pages.

Newspaper with conservation tools