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Special Collections in The Mitchell Library has a rich and extensive collection of newspapers ranging through 18th century to 21th centuries: from our earliest newspaper The Glasgow Courant of 1715 to today’s copy of The Herald.

Our newspaper holdings are especially strong for Glasgow newspapers of all periods, but also includes selected UK press titles, both current and historical, some Scottish regional titles, and a selection of community language newspapers.

Newspapers are available in various formats: microform, loose copy and bound volumes. For collections care reasons, to help preserve the original newspapers, microfilm is the format in which research is to be carried out.

All newspapers - current and historical - can be accessed in Special Collections on Level 5. Holdings are listed in the Periodicals Catalogue located on levels 4 and 5 of the library.

Our Family and Local History website offers a helpful outline of the newspaper collections

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Copy services

You can use self-service coin operated copiers for photocopying from microfilm and loose copies, subject to copyright restrictions (see below). For collections care reasons, copying from bound volumes is undertaken by our Photographic Service. Copyright restrictions apply to all newspapers and periodicals but a single copy of an article or one page can be made for private study or non-commercial research.

If you need copies for any reason other than private research, or any commercial purpose, please contact one of the Special Collections Librarians.

Copies made for commercial purposes - either using library self-service copiers or by our Photographic Service - must be authorised through the Copyright Licensing Agency's sticker scheme. Similarly, if more than a single copy of one page or article from an issue is required, authorisation is required.

Online Resources

Special Collections subscribes to several online newspaper databases offering you free access as a library member to millions of newspaper pages.

British Newspaper Archive is the digitised archive of 40 million pages from the British Library's collection of British Newspapers. Access hundreds of historic newspapers from all over Britain and Ireland. Free access is available on site in The Mitchell or any Glasgow library.

How to Guide Video How to Guide Nineteenth Century British Library Newspapers

This digital resource provides access to national, regional, and local 19th century British newspapers. It includes 48 titles, covering approximately 2.2 million pages, which reflect the social and political developments of the time. Coverage includes everything from well-known historic events and cultural icons of the time, to sporting events, arts, and culture.

This resource also includes contextual essays regarding the role of newspapers in the Victorian age, bibliographic headnotes, and a chronological overview. Free access with your library card and PIN at home or any Glasgow library. Scotsman 1817-1950 This famous newspaper from Pro-Quest’s Historic Newspapers collection provides genealogists, researchers and scholars with online, easily-searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the politics, society and events of the time.

Free access with your library card and PIN at home or any Glasgow library.


Glasgow Courant






Finding aids

View a complete list of all newspapers held in the Mitchell here.

Further reading


If you wish to read more about Newspapers, browse here.

Image Galleries


A selection of images from this collection can be viewed in the galleries here.

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