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Rare Books: Early Newspapers and Periodicals

A guide to finding and using rare books in the Bodleian Library

Finding aids

While title information for many of the Bodleian's early newspaper holdings can be accessed via SOLO, much of the detailed information regarding issues held can only be obtained from the annotated copy of Milford and Sutherland's A catalogue of English newspapers and periodicals in the Bodleian Library, 1622-1800 (Oxford: OUP, 1936) 

The annotated copy is kept in the Lower Reading Room at shelfmark:  B1.1202; a bound photocopy is kept in the Rare Books and Manuscripts Reading Room at shelfmark: X.Cat.Ref. 220.

Orders may need to be placed by a member of staff. Please email for advice and help. 

Scope of the collections


A guide to the Bodleian's historical and current newspaper resources, print and online, and how best to locate and use them is available online: Newspapers and other online news sources from the 17th – 21st centuries


Online resources

  • For specific titles, try searching SOLO in the first instance. 
  • A list of databases of historical Newspapers available online can be found in Databases A-Z, here
  • The Bodleian's own Nichols collection of 17th and 18th century newspapers has been digitised and is now available online via Gale Primary Sources.