Access to the British Newspaper Archive

We have added an important new resource to our electronic collection - The British Newspaper Archive.

The British Newspaper Archive is the result of a project to produce high quality digital images of millions of pages from historical newspapers, both national and regional.  The site allows you to search not only news articles, but also letter, obituaries, family notices and advertisements.

Access to the BNA is through the link on our eLibrary page.  In addition to being signed in on the Library’s homepage you will need to register separately on the BNA website in order to view your search results.

Registration is a very simple process and need only be done once.

  • Follow the link on the eLibrary page to the British Newspaper Archive
  • click on the Register button on the menu bar at the top of the screen
  • fill in your name and email address
  • choose a password

You will receive an email to confirm that the registration process is complete.  On subsequent visits you will need to use the email address and password you chose to sign in to view your search results.  If you chose the option Remember me at sign in, your browser will retain your details and should sign you in automatically.

Please note that the London Library will not be able to reset your password for this site should you forget it.  However, you will be able to reset your password by clicking on Forgotten password? In the BNA sign in box and following the instructions.