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Local newspapers

We hold an extensive collection of local newspapers.

Derbyshire Home Guard 1942 courtesy of the Derbyshire Times

By the end of the 19th century, 94 Derbyshire newspapers had been published and you can read most of them, on microfilm, in Derbyshire libraries.

Examples of what can be found in local newspapers

  • crimes, trials and coroners’ reports
  • births, marriages, deaths
  • farm and property auctions, bankruptcies
  • election addresses and political meetings
  • advertisements
  • sporting fixtures and reports.

Local newspapers on microfilm

Most newspapers are only available on microfilm. Before you make a special visit to consult a newspaper we strongly advise you to contact the library to make sure the dates you require are available and book a microfilm reader.

Most newspapers are not indexed so it will usually be necessary to have a firm date for an event or be prepared to search through the microfilmed newspapers.

To see the full range of newspapers we hold, visit the Newsplan East Midlands website.

Online newspapers

We provide free full-text access to a variety of local and national newspapers online.

The Infotrac database provides access to:

  • The Times Archive, 1785 to 1985
  • a collection of 19th century local newspapers from around the country
  • a collection of 17th and 18th century newspapers and news media
  • 12 national newspapers from 1985 to date.