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Finding newspapers online 

Nexis UK - the News section of this database includes full text of a wide range of UK and international newspapers. Adverts, illustrations and photographs are not available.  


To access Nexis UK:

If you need access to older issues than those available using Nexis, see the section below on accessing backfiles of newspapers.


Finding hard-copy newspapers

The Library subscribes to a range of newspapers, with a few titles at most sites. The print newspapers in our libraries are for reference only and cannot be borrowed.

Merchiston keeps a wider range of newspapers for a short period, to meet the needs of journalism students who are concerned with design and layout aspects that are lost in online formats.


Use LibrarySearch to find out which site takes which newspaper. This will also indicate how long the back-run for each newspaper is, and what format it is stored in.

Accessing newspaper backfiles

We have older issues of the Financial Times, The Guardian, The Independent, Scotland on Sunday, The Scotsman and The Times on microfilm at Craiglockhart. Check LibrarySearch for further details.


We also have print backruns of the Times Index at Craiglockhart and Merchiston, and the Financial Times Index at Craiglockhart.


If you need access to newspapers that are even older than this, you may need to to access other libraries in Edinburgh.