The Boston Public Library receives titles from across the United States and around the world. BPL also provides access to historic newspapers online and on microtext through the Research Services Department.

  • Search the online catalog for specific titles.
  • Browse the newspaper databases to find articles online and to search historic newspaper collections
  • Most Massachusetts newspapers are available on microfilm through the Research Services Department, which also has holdings of select major domestic and international newspapers. Refer to the Newspapers on Microfilm guide for more information.
  • Contact the Research Services Department for assistance with reference and research questions.

Newspapers at the Central Library

Current physical copies of newspapers are held in the following locations at the Central Library in Copley Square, are first come, first served:

  • New and Novel (1st floor, Johnson Building) — Today's newspaper issues of the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, New York Times, and USA Today.
  • Kirstein Business Library and Innovation Center (Lower Level, Johnson Building) — Current month plus previous month of the following publications:    
    • Wall Street Journal
    • Financial Times
    • Investor's Business Daily
    • Barron's (current month plus previous 6 months)
  • Delivery Desk (2nd floor, McKim Building) — All other current newspapers.

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Newspapers at the Branches

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

Newspaper Backfiles

The Boston Public Library holds 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. The majority of files are stored off site and several days should be allowed for retrieval.

Pre-1820 newspapers have been transferred to the Rare Books and Manuscripts Department

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.