Most Massachusetts newspapers are available on microfilm in the Research Services Department, which also has holdings of some major domestic and international newspapers.

Please call the Research Services Dept (617-536-5400) for information on current newspaper subscriptions

Newspapers on Microfilm

Newspaper Directories Online

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The Boston Public Library receives titles from across the United States and around the world. We also provide access to historic newspapers online and in our Research Services Department.

  • Search our catalog for specific newspaper title information.
  • Use our newspaper databases to find articles online and to search historic newspaper collections
  • For help with newspaper research, call the Research Services Department at 617-536-5400

Newspapers at the Branches

Most branches hold current issues of the Boston Globe, Boston Herald and the New York Times. Please contact your local branch for more information.

Newspapers at the Central Library, Copley Square

Please call the Research Services Dept (617-536-5400) for information on current newspaper subscriptions

Current issues of newspapers are held at:

Kirstein Business Library and Innovation Center (Lower Level, Johnson Building)

  • Current month plus previous month:
    • Wall Street Journal
    • Financial Times
    • Investor's Business Daily
  • Current month plus previous 6 months:
    • Barron's

Delivery Desk (2nd floor, McKim Building) — All other current newspapers.

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Newspaper Backfiles

The Boston Public Library can boast of one of the major newspaper collections in the country, and serves as the center for the Massachusetts Newspaper Program. The Library provides limited access to original newspaper files. (Pre-1820 newspapers have been transferred to the Rare Books and Manuscripts Department). The majority of files are stored off site and several days should be allowed for retrieval.

Except in rare cases, users will be required to use microfilm copies of the files, provided the Library owns microfilm of the newspaper. Access may also be restricted if the condition of the files is such that use would destroy the preservation copy.