You can access a find range of current and historical newspapers online for free through the National Library of Australia. These include:

Early historical newspapers

  • View 16th to 19th century papers from the United Kingdom and American titles.
  • Many titles can be accessed from home via eResources but first you will need to get a Library card.

Early Australian newspapers

  • Visit Trove to view Australian newspapers published between 1803 and 1954.
  • Trove is freely available worldwide and can be used anywhere with internet access.
  • New newspapers are being digitised and added all the time.

Print and microform

  • Newspapers published between 1955 and 1990 are still in copyright and can only be viewed using the original print copies or microform.
  • Use the Library’s catalogue to find what you need and request to the item to view it the Main Reading Room.
  • It helps to have a date and location of the news item in mind  before you start your search.

Current newspapers

  • Many newspapers from 1990 onwards are available through eResources with your National Library card. 
  • Popular databases include PressReader and Gale NewsVault. To access these resources, simply visit our eResources portal and search for each database under the 'Databases A-Z' tab.
  • There are also overseas newspapers in languages other than English.

Research guides

  • The Library has created comprehensive research guides to help you find out about our newspaper collection.

Can't visit the Library?

  • If you can't visit the Library in Canberra 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.

Can I read newspapers online? Yes! Access to newspapers through the National Library of Australia is better than ever. And you can read many of them online in the comfort of your own home.

So what is one offer and where do I find it? Not everything is online but there’s a lot. It all depends on the date you’re looking for and where it was published.

Let’s start with early historical newspapers. These are overseas newspapers published in the United Kingdom and the U.S. between the 16th and 19th centuries. Many of these are available through eResources so you will need your National Library card.

Now onto early Australian newspapers, 1803 to 1953. Many Australian newspapers of this period can be accessed through Trove. More out of copyright papers are being digitised all the time. Most papers between 1955 and 1990 are still in copyright and will only be available in print and microform. Just make sure you’ve got a date and place in mind before you start.

Good news! Recent newspapers are much more likely to be online. These are also available in e-resources. You can even find newspapers in languages other than English.

Don’t forget your card!

You’ll also find lots of information about specific newspapers in the catalogue. It will tell you if the newspaper is available on micro-film or online or whether you need your card to access it. You can come to us or check to see if your local or state library has what you want.

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