The Vancouver Public Library collection includes historical newspapers (primarily for British Columbia). The Library also subscribes to electronic databases which provide historical access to key British and American newspapers.
If a newspaper is currently being published both the current and historical issues of the paper will be located on level 5. If it is a British Columbia paper that is no longer being published, historical issues will be in Special Collections (Level 7).
The following books may be helpful if you are trying to determine which newspaper(s) were published in a specific time and place. To find other bibliographies or union lists of newspapers, ask the information staff at the Central Library for assistance. The Newspapers on Microfilm and Newspapers on the Internet tabs may also be useful.
Vancouver Public Library (Central Library) has a large collection of both historical and recent newspapers. The focus of the historical collection is on British Columbian and Canadian newspapers. We also collecte some international papers.
Additional collections of newspapers on microfilm are available both locally and elsewhere. In some cases, films are available via interlibrary loan.
British Columbia Newspapers on Microfilm (British Columbia Archives)
The British Columbia Archives is located in Victoria. Films are not available via interlibrary loan, but the collection is open to the public. Holdings include a number of non-B.C. newspapers.
Newspapers and News Sources (University of British Columbia Library)
Open to the public.
Newspapers at Library and Archives Canada
The Library and Archives of Canada has over 200,000 reels of Canadian newspapers on microfilm. Films may be borrowed through interlibrary loan.
Library of Congress – Newspapers
This page includes a listing of historical newspapers on microfilm available at the Library of Congress. Most films can be borrowed through interlibrary loan. Charges may apply.
British Library Newspapers Collections
Copy service available.
Many newspapers have their own websites though content is often limited to current and recent editions. A number of old newspapers have been digitized for the Internet. Some are free; others are available by subscription only.
- List of Online Newspaper Archives
Wikipedia list of free and pay wall blocked digital online newspaper archives.
- Newspaper Digitization Projects
The International Coalition on Newspapers' list of digitized newspaper collections is a handy tool for locating newspapers online.
- Newspapers and Magazines (IPL2)
Useful resource for locating a newspaper online.
More newspaper resources are listed on the right in Websites of Interest.