The State Library has an extensive newspaper collection consisting of about 1700 different newspapers, published in Australia and overseas.
The Library specialises in collecting suburban and regional newspapers published in New South Wales with these newspapers comprising approximately eighty percent of the collection.
Newspapers are extremely fragile and for preservation purposes microfilm copies are issued wherever possible. Most newspapers are available on microfilm in the State Reference Library Reading Room. The original paper copies of most newspapers are kept in Offsite storage.
Selected newspapers are available in electronic format for selected years at the Library. Other Australian and international newspapers are also available via the Internet. For more information, see our list of Electronic Resources.
Collection strengths include:
- The first Australian newspaper, the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser, 5 March 1803 to 1842.
- A complete set of the Sydney Morning Herald from 1842 to the present, including its predecessor the Sydney Herald (1831-1842), and the Daily Telegraph from 1879 to present.
- Early Sydney newspapers such as the Illustrated Sydney News (1853 - 1894) and the Sydney Mail (1860 - 1938).
- Suburban Sydney newspapers such as the St. George and Sutherland Shire Leader from 1963 to present and the Wentworth Courier from 1961 to the present.
- Regional New South Wales newspapers such as the Maitland Mercury from 1894 to the present and the Daily Advertiser (Wagga Wagga) from 1911 to the present.
- Major interstate papers such as the Age (Melbourne) from 1854 to the present and the Mercury (Hobart) from 1860 to the present.
- Several major international newspapers such as the New York Times from 1857 to the present and the Times (London) from 1788 to the present.
To find a specific newspaper title or to find a newspaper for a particular area or town, check our catalogue.