Explore the history of West Sussex and beyond with free access to local and national current and historic newspapers with your library card. Online resources including British Newspaper Archive, Illustrated London News, London Gazette, Pressreader and Times Digital Archive. Plus how you can access local newspapers in digital, microfilm and paper form in our libraries.

British Newspaper Archive

British Newspaper Archive contains regional historical newspapers covering the 18th-20th century from the British Library collection. Available to library members in all West Sussex Libraries (not from home). You will need to set up a free account with the British Newspaper Archive. When you next log in, you will be able to access the archive and a personal 'My Research' area. Read or download our British Newspaper Archive helpsheet.

Illustrated London News

Illustrated London News is available to library members from home. It was the world’s first fully illustrated weekly newspaper. The publication presented a vivid picture of British and world events — including news of war, disaster, ceremonies, the arts, and science — with coverage in the first issue ranging from the Great Fire of Hamburg to Queen Victoria’s fancy dress ball at Buckingham Palace.

Read or download our Illustrated London News helpsheet.

London Gazette

The London Gazette contains official, regulatory and legal information published every week day in the form of individual notices.


Access over 7,000 UK and international digital newspapers and magazines from over 100 countries and in 60 languages through Pressreader. Free with your library card. For more details, have a look at our Pressreader information.

Times Digital Archive

Times Digital Archive (TDA) is available to library members from home. It is an online archive of more than 200 years of The Times, covering 1785 - 2014.

Read or download our TDA helpsheet.

Towns and Villages Guides

Our Town and Village guides have details of newspapers covering each library area, including back issues of local newspapers on microfilm and in digital format.

West Sussex Libraries Digitised Newspaper Collections

Read or download our helpsheets about our digitised newspaper collections:

Digitised Historical West Sussex Newspapers helpsheet

Newspaper Cuttings about West Sussex People helpsheet

Newspaper Cuttings about Worthing helpsheet

More help and information

For further information and help with any of these resources, please fill in an Ask a Librarian form and the Enquiries Team will be happy to help.

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