How to find current, historical and online newspapers
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 Databases, journals 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.
Watch this video on our newspaper card indexes.
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The annual Local History Grants Program, run by Public Record Office Victoria, supports digitising projects. It also has a list of funding sources. The National Library of Australia runs Community Heritage Grants. Other avenues of funding maybe your local council, university or philanthropic sources.