How to find newspapers

How to find current, historical and online newspapers

Historical overseas newspapers online

The State Library has many Australian newspapers published in languages other than English for the various ethnic communities in Australia. We also have a small collection of foreign language newspapers published overseas. Newspapers can be found by title on the Library online catalogue but also by subject terms and user tagsPressReader provides online access to recent issues of hundreds of foreign language newspapers from around the world.

In addition, a list of online newspaper archives is available on Wikipedia which includes free and pay per view newspaper archives from around the world in many languages.

Wikipedia provides a comprehensive list of free and fee based historical newspaper archives that are available online. Some online newspaper archives available through the State Library of Victoria are listed below. These databases can be accessed from outside the Library if you are a registered Victorian Library user. You can also find a full listing of all current and historic newspapers under the A-Z databases page.

Africa, European, Latin America and the Middle East


New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States


User tags and subject terms

Some newspapers have been 'tagged' by registered users of the State Library of Victoria. Others have been given subject descriptions by Librarians. Keyword searches can be made for various types of newspapers which have been given subject descriptions. See for example  'Turkish Newspapers'. Some popular user tags for foreign language newspapers are listed below. See User Tags for more information about tags.

Some User Tags for foreign language newspapers are:
Foreign Language Newspapers
Chinese Language Newspapers
German Language Newspapers
Greek Language Newspapers
Italian Language Newspapers
French Language Newspapers
Vietnamese Language Newspapers
Turkish Language Newspapers

The Australian is the first local newspaper to launch a regularly updated Chinese-language website — translating reports into Mandarin for local Chinese readers.

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