How to find newspapers

How to find current, historical and online newspapers

The SLV paper run

The Library receives about 280 hardcopy papers each week. This blog 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. To find newspapers published or circulating in a specific place use the 'in place newspaper published' option in Advanced search.  For example Swan Hill

You can purchase copies of pages from newspapers (subject to copyright) 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.

For the best view choose fullscreen and the highest resolution

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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


The Public Record Office of Victoria offers Local History Grants. These are currently closed- but should re-open later in the year ( in 2018 they opened in November).

Other avenues of funding maybe your local council, university or philanthropic sources.