Accessing newspapers in the Library
Print and microfilm newspapers can be accessed in the Newspapers & Microform Reading Room which is located on LG1. Take the lift or stairs down one level from the foyer.
Current issues of selected Australian and overseas newspapers are available in the Reading Room, as well as over 50 popular titles on microfilm.
If the title or issue you are looking for is not in the Reading Room, please search the catalogue. See related guide, searching the catalogue. To request material from the newspaper stacks you must be registered as a National Library Reader. Newspapers are delivered to the reading room within 45 minutes unless they are housed offsite.
Offsite versus onsite
The Library’s holdings of hardcopy Australian newspapers published before January 2001 and overseas newspapers published before January 2006 are stored at the Library’s offsite repository.
See our Collection Delivery Service page for more details about delivery times.
Please note that all National Library material must be used in the Reading Rooms.
Don't forget that many Australian and overseas newspapers are available online to registered users via eResources, and Trove 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. Your local library will be able to tell you about this service, called interlibrary loan, including how much it costs. Please note that we can only loan microfilm copies of newspapers.