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Law: Newspapers and current affairs

Library Guide for the Law School

Current Affairs Information

Depending on the nature of the topic or problem you are researching, you may want to find out how an issue has been reported in the popular press e.g. newspapers.

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British Library newspaper holdings

The British Library aims to acquire all newspapers published in the United Kingdom and in the Republic of Ireland. 

The Newsroom, the new dedicated news Reading Room at the British Library in London, is the focal point for researching the news collections.  The Newsroom provides access to newspapers in print, microfilm and digital formats. 

Guide to Newspapers held by the British Library 

This guide provides an overview of the British and overseas newspapers dating back to the 1600s and links to information on the British Library's growing collections of radio, television and web news

Accessing newspapers held by the British Library 

The British Library operates a “surrogate first” policy for its newspaper collection. A surrogate copy will be a microfilm or digital facsimile of the original newspaper and the surrogate will be the Reading Room access copy. Where a surrogate copy exists, the original print newspaper will be labelled as “restricted” on Explore the British Library. This policy is designed to preserve the fragile original newspapers in our care.

Readers may order non-surrogated print newspapers to both the Newsroom at St Pancras and to the Boston Spa Reading Room. Print newspapers stored in the National Newspapers Building take 48 hours to arrive at the Newsroom or the Boston Spa Reading Room. Microfilm newspapers are delivered to the Newsroom at St Pancras within 70 minutes of request.  Microfilm is currently not available to order to the Boston Spa Reading Room.   

Huddersfield Public Library archives

          Photo of Huddersfield Public Library​Huddersfield Local Studies Library has copies of local newspapers which are held on microfilm and some local newspapers date back to the 19th century. These include the Batley News, Colne Valley Guardian, Dewsbury Reporter and Huddersfield Examiner. The Local Studies Library also holds an incomplete run of the Leeds Mercury, an 18th century newspaper. 

Credit: Jon Davis, Kirklees libraries CC BY 2.0.

Newspaper archive search tools

These search tools search across a wide number of newspapers and related publications. We have indicated in the description below each resource if they sit within a bigger search tool.