Newspapers old and new

PressReader Unlimited Newspapers (external link)

There is currently a problem with the login to PressReader which they are working to fix. If you are unable to log in please complete this form and enter Lancashire Library in the Institution box.

  • Press Reader offers thousands of national, provincial, and global newspapers with 90 days of back issues.
  • Newspapers from over 100 countries in 60 languages can be read in your browser on any device.
  • A range of popular magazines is also available
  • To gain free access click 'Sign in', use the 'Library or Group' button, search 'Lancashire' and enter you library card number. See how to sign in.
  • This will give you 30 days free access which can be continually renewed by signing in again.
  • Apps are also available for you to read on your phone or tablet - Get the app (external link)
  • Find out more about using PressReader in our library academy (external link)

NewsBank (external link)

  • NewsBank contains articles published in UK and world newspapers in the last 5 to 25 years (varies with different papers) right up to yesterday's edition.
  • All the major national daily papers and many local and regional ones are included. The Times, Sunday Times and Daily Mail collections include full image versions.
  • Access Global News - Explore diverse perspectives and stay informed on local, national and global topics, people and events in areas such as business, health, education, environment, political and social issues and more. Features a wide variety of credible, vetted news sources from more than 200 countries. 
  • To access these you will need your library card number, NewsBank is available 24/7 on any device.
  • Watch a video introduction to using NewsBank in our library academy (external link).

British Library Newspapers 1730 - 1950 (external link)

  • National, regional and local newspapers from the Eighteenth to Twentieth centuries taken directly from the holdings of the British Library
  • These include the Burnley Express, Lancaster Gazette and Preston Chronicle.
  • To access these you will need your library card number.

British Newspaper Archive* (external link)

This resource gives access to British Library newspapers, from the early 17th century to the late 20th century. Many of the titles are small regional newspapers.

  • Register with the British Newspaper Archive (BNA) using a computer or your own device connected to LancsPublic Wi-Fi at a library or Lancashire Archives
  • Create a username and password on your first visit
  • Log in every time you want to use BNA

*Home access is limited. You can only search newspapers and see a list of results. To view or print any articles you will need to login whilst visiting our libraries or Lancashire Archives.

Red Rose Collections (Lancashire County Council)

  • Red Rose Collections includes a Newspaper Index to articles in local Lancashire newspapers from the 19th century onwards which are held on microfilm and in cuttings files at libraries across Lancashire.
  • Note that digitisation of these indexes is still on-going, so this online index is by no means exhaustive. 
  • Red Rose does not require any login to view any of the content.

Local Government Chronicle - LGC (external link)

  • In the Local Government Chronicle you can find local government related news, analysis, best practice and opinion.
  • If you are a local government employee, and your authority subscribes, you can register and login to access free news and content.
  • You will need to use your work email address to do this.

Recommended websites (external link)

  • In our Good Web Guide, there is a selection of some of the best sites to get you started with exploring the news sources available online.