Access to Newspapers

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Search Excelsior

The Library holds many newspapers in both print and non-print formats. You can search for newspapers on our online catalog, Excelsior.

Newspapers on Microfilm

The New York State Library maintains a database of newspapers on microfilm and in print.

In addition to its files of New York newspapers, the New York State Library has backfiles of hundreds of old newspapers on film from other states, and even a few from other countries. Many runs of these newspapers are incomplete.

Newspapers on film may be borrowed through Interlibrary Loan, with a limit of five consecutive reels per title per request.

Newspapers Online

The New York State Library provides access to newspapers in electronic format through the Internet and subscriptions to commercial databases. Please contact the reference desk at (518) 474-5355 for further information.

Many newspapers are available to the public on the Internet. Some good sources are:

Newspapers in Paper Format

Newspapers in paper format may be used at the State Library if condition permits. Many newspapers in paper format are stored in another building. Users must request them one work day in advance of use and use them at the State Library's Manuscripts and Special Collections reading room.

For newspapers that are received in paper and film, the paper copy is kept until the film is received.

New York State Newspapers Currently Being Received in Paper Copy
Newspaper Title Retention Note Location
Advance News (Ogdensburg, NY) (weekly) Last 3 months 8th Fl.
Altamont Enterprise (weekly) [also microfilm]   8th Fl.
Bellmore Life (weekly) Last 3 months 8th Fl.
Buffalo News [also microfilm]   8th Fl.
Chronicle-Express (Penn Yan, NY) (weekly) [also microfilm]   8th Fl.
Citizen Wantagh-Seaford (Nassau County) (weekly) Last 12 months 8th Fl.
Courier-Standard-Enterprise (Canajoharie, NY) (weekly) [also microfilm]   8th Fl.
Daily Gazette (Schenectady, NY) [also microfilm]   Last 2 weeks on 7th Fl.
Daily News (Batavia, NY) [also microfilm]   8th Fl.
Daily News (NY, NY) [also microfilm]   8th Fl.
Evening Telegram (Herkimer, NY) Mon-Sat [also microfilm, not current] Last 3 months 8th Fl.
Finger Lakes Times (Geneva, NY) [also microfilm]   8th Fl.
Hamilton County News (weekly) [also microfilm]   8th Fl.
Journal and Republican (Lowville, NY) (weekly) [also microfilm] Last 6 months 8th Fl.
Journal Press (Greenwich, NY) (weekly) [also microfilm]   8th Fl.
London Times [also microfilm]   8th Fl.
Merrick Life (weekly) [also microfilm] Last 12 months 8th Fl.
New York Post (no Sunday) Last 6 months 8th Fl.
New York Times [also microfilm]   Last 2 weeks on 7th Fl.
News Review (Riverhead, NY) (weekly) Last 6 months 8th Fl.
Ogdensburg Journal [also microfilm] Last 3 months 8th Fl.
Post Star (Glens Falls, NY) [also microfilm]   8th Fl.
Putnam Courier-Trader (Carmel, NY) (weekly) [also microfilm]   8th Fl.
Queens Ledger (Maspeth, NY) (weekly) [also microfilm] Last 6 months 8th Fl.
The Record (Troy, NY) [also microfilm]   Last 2 weeks on 7th Fl.
Recorder (Amsterdam, NY) [also microfilm]   8th Fl.
Saint Lawrence Plaindealer (Canton, NY) (weekly) [also microfilm]   8th Fl.
Stars & Stripes U.S. Edition [also microfilm '65 - '89] Last 12 months 8th Fl.
Times Journal (Cobleskill, NY) (weekly) [also microfilm]   8th Fl.
Times Union (Albany, NY) [also microfilm]   Last 2 weeks on 7th Fl.
USA Today [also microfilm]   Last 2 weeks on 7th Fl.
Wall Street Journal [also microfilm]   Last 2 weeks on 7th Fl.
Washington Post [also microfilm]   8th Fl.
Watertown Daily Times [also microfilm]   8th Fl.
Watkins Review and Express (Watkins Glen, NY) (weekly) [also microfilm]   8th Fl.

Last Updated: February 26, 2014