Onsite Use

Our print and microfilmed newspapers can be accessed in the Newspapers and Family History zone of the Main Reading Room. 

Current issues of selected Australian and overseas print newspapers are made openly available as well as complete sets of over 50 popular Australian titles on microfilm from each State and Territory. These microfilmed newspapers are shelved in cabinets for self-service use. A list of available titles is attached to the cabinets for ease of identification and retrieval.

If the title or issue you are looking for is not held in the reading room, you will need to search the library catalogue for holdings and to request available items from our closed newspaper stacks.

To request material from the newspaper stacks you must be registered as a National Library Reader.

Newspapers will normally be delivered to the reading room within one hour unless they are housed offsite.

Offsite Storage

As all the Library’s holdings of print Australian newspapers published before January 2001 and overseas newspapers published before January 2006 are housed offsite they are not available for immediate access but can be requested for delivery to the Newspapers and Family History zone.

Delivery times for items held offsite can be viewed on our Collection Delivery Service page. 

Accessing newspapers from outside the Library

Although print and microfilmed newspapers in the Library's collection can only be used in the Newspapers and Family History zone, access to many Australian and overseas newspapers in digital format is provided to registered Library users via eResources.

Trove also provides freely available access to our digitised historic Australian newspapers.

Can't visit the Library?

If you can't visit the Library in Canberra then you can use Trove to see if the item or newspaper is available at a library closer to you.

Another option is to request an item be delivered to your local library using interlibrary loan. Your local library will be able to tell you about this service. Read more on the related Newspapers guide, Copying newspapers.