Access to Newspapers
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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.
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) 473-5676 for further information.
Many newspapers are available to the public on the Internet. Some good sources are:
- Selected Newspaper Resources, from the Library's Internet Bibliographies
- Online NY Newspapers from New York State Newspapers
- NYS Historic Newspapers from Northern New York Library Network
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.
|Newspaper Title||Retention Note||Location|
|Advance News (Ogdensburg, NY) (weekly)||Last 3 months||8th Fl.|
|Altamont Enterprise (weekly)||8th Fl.|
|Bellmore Life (weekly)||Last 3 months||8th Fl.|
|Buffalo News||8th Fl.|
|Chronicle-Express (Penn Yan, NY) (weekly)||8th Fl.|
|Citizen Wantagh-Seaford (Nassau County) (weekly)||Last 12 months||8th Fl.|
|Courier-Standard-Enterprise (Canajoharie, NY) (weekly)||8th Fl.|
|Daily Gazette (Schenectady, NY)||Last 2 weeks on 7th Fl.|
|Daily News (Batavia, NY)||8th Fl.|
|Daily News (NY, NY)||8th Fl.|
|Evening Telegram (Herkimer, NY) Mon-Sat||Last 3 months||8th Fl.|
|Finger Lakes Times (Geneva, NY)||8th Fl.|
|Hamilton County News (weekly)||8th Fl.|
|Journal and Republican (Lowville, NY) (weekly)||Last 6 months||8th Fl.|
|Journal Press (Greenwich, NY) (weekly)||8th Fl.|
|London Times||8th Fl.|
|Merrick Life (weekly)||Last 12 months||8th Fl.|
|New York Post (no Sunday)||Last 6 months||8th Fl.|
|New York Times||Last 2 weeks on 7th Fl.|
|News Review (Riverhead, NY) (weekly)||Last 6 months||8th Fl.|
|Ogdensburg Journal||Last 3 months||8th Fl.|
|Post Star (Glens Falls, NY)||8th Fl.|
|Putnam Courier-Trader (Carmel, NY) (weekly)||8th Fl.|
|Queens Ledger (Maspeth, NY) (weekly)||Last 6 months||8th Fl.|
|The Record (Troy, NY)||Last 2 weeks on 7th Fl.|
|Recorder (Amsterdam, NY)||8th Fl.|
|Saint Lawrence Plaindealer (Canton, NY) (weekly)||8th Fl.|
|Stars & Stripes U.S. Edition||Last 12 months||8th Fl.|
|Times Journal (Cobleskill, NY) (weekly)||8th Fl.|
|Times Union (Albany, NY)||Last 2 weeks on 7th Fl.|
|USA Today||Last 2 weeks on 7th Fl.|
|Wall Street Journal||Last 2 weeks on 7th Fl.|
|Washington Post||8th Fl.|
|Watertown Daily Times||8th Fl.|
|Watkins Review and Express (Watkins Glen, NY) (weekly)||8th Fl.|