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Currently about 2,600 UK and Irish newspaper and weekly/fortnightly periodical titles are received, which represents about 90% of current acquisitions.
This includes the main London edition of the national daily and Sunday newspapers, and free newspapers, with the exception of those consisting entirely of advertising.
A Disposal of Overseas Newspapers listing provides the titles and dates of the relevant newspapers, along with the location of the library which now holds the hard copies concerned.Notable among our special collections are the holdings of English Armed Forces Newspapers, which are particularly strong for the 1940s, as well as the General Strike Newspapers of 1926.Search the Newspaper catalogue subset on the Explore the British Library to locate the titles you require.These range from the woodcut mastheads (sometimes showing fine city scenes) and the advertisements of our 18th-century holdings, the prints and engravings in our 19th-century collections, to the ever-increasing presence of photographs in our 20th- and 21st-century papers.The collection of British and overseas collections of 19th- and 20th-century illustrated periodicals, however, offer the richest sources of all for researchers interested in the visual arts In particular, Christmas issues and other special supplements of celebrated Victorian and Edwardian magazines - typically those commemorating a royal anniversary or paying tribute on the death of a monarch - employ vibrant illustrations and meticulous design of the very finest standards.
Major overseas newspapers in European languages are collected, where possible on microfilm, selectively to complement the UK and Irish collections.