COVID-19: Council libraries
All four Council libraries are now open for collecting pre-ordered books, using a computer, and browsing selected shelves.
You must book an appointment before visiting.Visiting a Council library
The British Library's Newspaper Archive
The British Newspaper Archive can be accessed for free from any Library computer.
The website has thousands of historical British newspapers dating back to the 1700s and is regularly updated with new titles and new pages of existing titles.
Local newspapers on the website include the Shields Gazette, the Sunderland Echo, the Newcastle Evening Chronicle and the Northern Echo.
British Newspaper Archive is free for Library members, but only from Library computers, not from home.
We have archives of newspapers stored on microfilm readers. You can call into the Reference and Local Studies Library to use our microfilm readers and it is advised to call ahead to book a machine on 0191 424 7864.
When you book a machine please explain to staff what you are looking for so they can prepare the necessary newspapers for your visit.
- Football Gazette and Telegraph
31 March 1906 to 31 December 1949 (Continues as Sports Gazette)
- Free Press and Advertiser
1895 to 1904
- Jarrow Chronicle
1 April 1871 to 16 December 1871
- Jarrow Express
13 December 1873 to 26 December 1913
- Jarrow Guardian
6 January 1872 to 31 December 1880
- Jarrow Labour Herald
6 April 1906 to 15 March 1907
- Mid - Tyne Observer
22 April 1937 to 18 May 1939
- Northern Observer
12 May to 20 October 1911
27 May 1932 to September 1939
- South Shields Advertiser and Tyneside Advocate
17 November 1857 to 20 May 1858
- Shields Advocate
5t January 1855 - 12 November 1857 (Continues as Shields Advertiser and Tyneside Advocate).
- Shields and Tynemouth Argus
26 September 1881 - 18 March 1882
- Shields Daily Standard
1 January 1881 to 5 March
- Shields Gazette
1849 to date
- Shields Morning Mail
8 January 1900 to 11 February 1901
- South Shields Evangelist
July 1874 to December 1877
- Sports Gazette
7 January 1950 - 1959 (Previously Football Gazette and Telegraph)