British Library Newspapers
An introduction to the collection and services
Stewart Gillies
July 2005
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Collection: Overview
British Library
Newspapers
The only large, integrated
national newspaper service
in the world, combining
facilities for the collection,
preservation, and use of
newspapers all on one site
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Collections: Overview (2)
• 45 kilometres (28 miles) of
shelves
• 664, 000 bound volumes
and parcels
• 370, 000 reels of microfilm
• Over 52,000 newspaper
and serial titles
• 2,600 UK and Irish titles
currently received on legal
deposit
• 250 major overseas
newspapers are currently
received by purchase
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Collections: Highlights: Newspapers
• London edition of all UK
national daily , weekly and
Sunday papers from 1801
to the present
• British and Irish regional
and local newspapers,
fairly comprehensive from
1840s onwards
• Extensive historic
collections from
Commonwealth countries,
formerly received by
colonial copyright deposit
• Overseas newspapers in
western, east European
and Slavonic languages,
with major historic
collections dating back as
far as 1631
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Collections: Highlights: Periodicals
• Women’s magazines (from
suffragette papers to
today’s popular weeklies e.g.
Chat, Bella, Hello etc)
• British Comics (e.g. Dandy,
Beano, TV Comic etc)
• Radical and political papers
(e.g. anarchist, Chartist and
fascist)
• Exile and ethnic minority
newspapers and journals
• Religious newspapers and
periodicals (e.g. Catholic
Herald, Church Of England
Newspaper, The Methodist
etc)
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Collections: Highlights: Periodicals (2)
• Trade Papers (e.g. The
Grocer, Draper’s Record,
Colliery Guardian, Plumber
and Decorator etc)
• Armed Services newspapers
and periodicals (e.g. Blighty,
Army and Navy Gazette etc)
• TV listings magazines (e.g.
Radio Times – all regional
editions)
• Theatre and Music Hall (e.g.
The Stage, The Era, The
Illustrated Sporting &
Dramatic News etc)
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Access: BL Newspapers Web Catalogue
URL:
www.bl.uk/catalogues/newspapers.html
Provides:
• general keyword searching, sort by title, place or
date
• keyword and date searching combined, sort by
title, place or date
• catalogue entries provide full title information, place of
publication or distribution details (town/city, region and
country), history of title changes, date span held and
the notes field records incorporations, amalgamations
and discontinuations and any known missing dates
The Newspapers Web Catalogue is scheduled for inclusion
in the British Library’s Integrated Catalogue during 2006.
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Access: Subject guides
URL:
www.bl.uk/collections/collect.h
tml
Information about the
Colindale collections, most
notably guides to:
• Current Foreign newspapers
received
• British Military History
Collections
• British Comics Collection
• Victorian illustrated
newspapers and journals
• A range of microfilm
collections which are not fully
listed in the Newspapers
Catalogue
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Access: Asian, African, Middle Eastern
language newspapers
www.asiamap.ac.uk/newspaper
s/index.php
Most of the BL’s holdings of
newspapers in the languages
of Asia, the Middle East and
North Africa are held within the
Asia, Pacific and Africa
collections of the British
Library at St Pancras
These are included in the
Mapping Asia database
NB: Mapping Asia does not
include BL’s holdings of
western-language newspapers
published in Asia, the Middle
East and North Africa
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Access : Newspapers Reading Room (1)
British Library Newspapers Reading Room
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Access: Newspapers Reading Room (2)
URL: www.bl.uk/services/reading/newsrr.html
Newspapers may be consulted at the British Library
Newspapers Reading Room, Colindale Avenue, London
NW9 5HE
Open: Monday to Saturday 10:00 to 17:00
Admission: By Newspaper Reader’s day or annual pass or
British Library Pass. All applicants must have reached 18
years of age and require proof of I.D. For an annual pass,
proof of address is also required.
Advance Reservation Service: 48 hours notice by
tel: 020 7412 7353 or email: [email protected]
to order up to four volumes or microfilm reels
NB: Readers are strongly advised to use this service
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Access: Newspapers Reading Room (3)
Newspapers Reading
Room Enquiries &
Admissions Desk
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Access: Newspapers Reading Room (2)
• 152 places for readers
including 54 for users of
microfilm
• 8 self-help microfilm copying
machines
• 6 computer workstations with
networked access to
a range of online newspapers,
newspapers on CD-ROM,
other online resources, and
the Internet
• Open access reference
collection including
newspaper indexes, press
directories, bibliographies
and guides to newspapers,
periodicals, and the history
of the press
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Access: Remote (1)
• Enquiry Service – quick
enquiries by email,
telephone, letter
email: [email protected]
tel: 020 7412 7353
• Copy Services – a full range
of Copy Services including
photocopies, photographs,
digital images on CD and
35mm positive microfilm
Request estimate by email,
letter or fax
Further information at URL:
www.b.uk/collections/copy.html
• Backup to Document Supply
Centre – registered users
may obtain photocopies of
articles using the standard
request form
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Access: Remote: DSC Services
URL: www.bl.uk/services/document/newspapers.html
BL Document Supply Centre has a varied collection
of newspapers on microfilm. These can be supplied
through any of the DSC’s document delivery services
Lending Policy
• You can order A3 or A4 copies of specific articles
• Loans of whole editions on microfilm
Further information from Reports/Microform Section,
The British Library, Document Supply, Boston Spa,
Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS23 7BQ tel: 01937
546174
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Access: Remote: Digitisation of British
Library Newspapers
• British Library Online
Newspaper Archive
www.olivesoftware.com
• Penny Illustrated Paper
1861-1913
www.collectbritain.co.uk/colle
ctions/pip/
• British Newspapers 18001900
www.bl.uk/collections/britishn
ewspapers1800to1900.html
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Access: Open Day Tours
Open Day Tours for
2005
Thursday, 22 September
2005 2 PM
Tuesday, 13 November
2005 2PM
To book a place contact:
Tel: 020 7412 7359
Email: [email protected]
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