National Library of Australia

Get Involved!

Members of the Public.

Help us by correcting text.

Help us make the Australian Newspapers service better by correcting the electronically translated text (OCR). The text output of the automated computer process is poor because, like historic newspapers in other countries, the original newspapers and the microfilm are of low quality and sometimes hard to read. That means full text searching is not always accurate. However you can help make it better for everyone by checking the image of the newspapers page against the electronically translated text and making it accurate. Your changes are immediately saved to the database and searching is instantly improved. We are the first library in the world to make this innovation available to the public. By February 2011 we had 20,000+ people helping out and 30 million lines of text had been corrected during the last 2 years. Great work! A big thank you to everyone. You can join in too. It is easy, intuitive and quick. You don't even need to register (though if you do you can keep a track of your progress). But beware, it can be a very addictive pastime...Find articles in Trove and simply click 'fix this text'.

Connect with other text correctors and newspaper users via the Trove Forum

Website Owners and Librarians

Put a link to the Search Service on your website, use the logo, download marketing materials:


Help us by making a donation or sponsoring a title

If you are interested in making a donation to assist the Australian Newspapers Program or providing sponsorship support for the program or a specific newspaper title please contact Director of Development Cathy Pilgrim ph 02 6262 1141 in the first instance. The National Library is the fortunate recipient of a very generous contribution from the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation to support the digitisation of the Sydney Morning Herald. Further financial support was received from the Centre for the Government of Queensland who have sponsored the digitisation of The Queenslander. You can help too – we’d be pleased to explain how.

Guidelines for Contribution to the Australian Newspapers Program can be found here (PDF 107kb). Supporting documentation (outlining the benefits of contributing) can be found here(PDF 168kb)

People Digitising Newspapers

Tell us what you have done

We'd like to be informed about current newspaper microfilming projects or hard copy digitisation of newspapers since these may be integrated into the Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program in the future. If your library or organisation has already digitised Australian newspapers and is interested in sharing the files with the National Library of Australia, please contact us.

Tell us what you may do in the future

It is intended to include Australian Newspapers digitised by other organisations. A model for Contributors is being developed. The National Library has established a central storage infrastructure and is delivering Australian Newspapers through a single access point. If you are planning to digitise newspapers please refer to our current specification for scanning microfilm and our specification for Content Analysis and Optical Character Recognition which are available on the Project Details page. It will be important that Contributors create content to an agreed standard so that data can be included in the service and search and retrieval is consistent across all newspapers. In the first instance please contact the ANDP representative in the State in which you live, for more information about becoming a contributor. The state representative will co-ordinate approaches from councils, public libraries, historical societies and other organisations in their state and also forward relevant information to the ANDP team at the National Library of Australia.



ANDP Contributor Representative in State


Chris Wade, Newspaper Librarian, Information Services Division, State Library of Victoria

(03) 8664 7218


Ian Morrison , Senior Librarian, Collections, Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office, Community Knowledge Network

(03) 6233 7474


Antoinette Buchanan, Manager, ACT Heritage Library

(02) 6207 5163

Northern Territory

Diana Richards, Manager, Collections, Northern Territory Library

(08) 8999 7364

South Australia

Lindy Bohrnsen, Reformatting Coordinator, State Library of South Australia

(08) 8207 7327


Beth Robertson, Manager, Preservation, State Library of South Australia

(08) 8207 7212

Western Australia

Steve Howell, Senior Subject Specialist, Battye Library, State Library of Western Australia 

(08) 9427 3476 


Sharon Nolan, Manager, Published Materials, State Library of Queensland

(07) 3840 7838

New South Wales

Alice Farrell, Teamleader, Serials, State Library of New South Wales

(02) 9273-1490





Last updated Monday 18-Jun-2012