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Man reading newspaper in the Caboolture public library.
State Library of Queensland’s newspaper collection includes online, microfilm and paper editions.
Current and historical newspapers are available, with many collections dating back to the first issue.
Become a State Library member. Read free newspapers from around the world or relax with your favourite magazines using PressReader. Watch our video (opposite) for how to log in and browse PressReader.
2006 content is limited to the News, Business and Sport sections
Read more - select the "Click here for direct access" button on the top right hand corner of the page.
Historical newspaper databases available through State Library provide access to hundreds of newspapers from around the world. Most are available 24/7 away from State Library using your State Library membership.
State Library microfilms Queensland newspapers to protect the print editions, yet still provide access to the information in them. Our collection includes the Courier Mail, and its predecessors, from the first issue of the Moreton Bay Courier in 1846. We also have many Australian, and some international, newspapers on microfilm. They are available for use on level 3 of the library.
Locate microfilm newspapers using our One Search catalogue. There are also two printed lists at the desk on level 3: Newspapers by place and Newspapers by title.
Current editions of many Queensland, interstate, national and international newspapers are held in the Tim Fairfax Newspaper Reading Room on level 3 of the library. You can request past issues of some newspapers as well.
Newspapers are an important resource for researching, preserving and sharing our stories. State Library has:
Microfilming ensures long term preservation of newspapers. State Library of Queensland's newspaper preservation is in line with the Australian Newspaper Plan (ANPlan). The image (left) shows a Queensland newspaper undergoing conservation treatment.