How to find newspapers

How to find current, historical and online newspapers

The Newspaper & Family History Reading Room and the Arts Reading Room are moving

From 24 August 2018 to 20 September the Newspaper and Family History Reading Room and the Arts Reading Room will be moving to beautiful new spaces. These moves are part of the Library's Vision 2020 redevelopment project.

During this time, most collection material, equipment and desks in these rooms will be unavailable. In many cases, alternative online or onsite access is available.

For more information, see our Courtyard closures guide.

Staff will not have access to resources in the reading rooms during these moves. Responses to research and collection inquiries may take longer than usual.

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: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'.

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.

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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

Newspaper tour

Discover the Library's newspaper collection, which includes 4000 different local and international papers dating back to the 18th century. Learn how to find newspapers in hard copy, online and microfilm, and to search for individual articles.

Next Newsworthy: June 28, 2018, 10:15am12:15pm
Cost: Free

Location: Meet in front foyer

Accessibility:  Has wheelchair access