Newspapers in our collections are available in paper, microfilm and digital formats. Many are available in more than one format.

Search for newspapers

You can find out what newspapers we hold by searching the National Library Catalogue.

Find articles in newspapers using Index New Zealand

You can search for articles in New Zealand newspapers by using indexes and abstracts on the Index New Zealand website. The website does not provide full text versions of the articles but will help you locate material relevant to your research.

Index New Zealand website

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National Newspaper Collection

The National Newspaper Collection contains historical and recent issues of:

  • all major metropolitan newspapers and regional papers from New Zealand
  • selected community newspapers (particularly from Wellington), and
  • some early Australian and English newspapers.

Pacific newspapers in the collection include all current newspapers published in Pacific Island languages and many Māori niupepa.

Microfilm copies of many newspapers can be borrowed by interloan through your local library.

Digital copies of selected niupepa from the collection are also available online at the New Zealand Digital Library website.

Niupepa Māori online – New Zealand Digital Library website

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Papers Past - early New Zealand newspapers online

Papers Past is an online collection of digitised pages from newspapers New Zealand-wide, published from 1839 to 1932. Over one million pages from more than 40 newspapers in the National Newspaper Collection are freely available online.

Papers Past website

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General Serials Collection

The General Serials Collection contains New Zealand and Pacific newspapers published in the past 12 months. You can get copies of articles from the newspapers by interloan though your local library.

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New Zealand and Pacific Collection

The New Zealand and Pacific Collection is a reference collection of a wide variety of publications about New Zealand and the Pacific Islands. A number of Pacific newspapers published in the past two weeks are available in the Library's Reading Rooms.

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General Reference Collection

The New York Times (1993 to current) and Times (1995 to current) newspapers are available on CD-ROM from the General Reference Collection.

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Newspapers in other institutions

Historical newspapers tend to be scarce. There are typically only one or two sets in existence for most titles, and these are distributed across many organisations.

To find out where historical newspapers are held, check the Union list of newspapers preserved in libraries, newspaper offices, local authority offices and museums, by D R Harvey, 1987.

Other libraries throughout New Zealand contain collections of current newspapers. Find New Zealand library websites using Te Puna Web Directory.

New Zealand Libraries – Te Puna Web Directory website