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British Newspaper Archive is now available to all customers online whilst the libraries are closed.
Click here to Log In, click the British Newspaper Archive logo, sign in using the details provided and then click on the Quick Link 'Newspapers and Periodicals'.
Access is limited to 5,000 records being viewed in a month with a maximum of 500 per day for all library members, not individually - please bear this in mind when you are doing your research.
For this limited period you also have access to FindMyPast - records viewed through this will count to the 5,000 limit.
Download how to find and search the British Newspaper Archive during lockdown - PDF 10MB.

The British Newspaper Archive is only available in the libraries via the public computers or by connecting to the WiFi.
The resource gives you free access to millions of news articles going back over 200 years from newspapers both national and local in any Bedford Borough or Central Bedfordshire library.
The partnership between the British Library and findmypast aims to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library's vast collection over the next 10 years. It is a fantastic local and family history resource, but also perfect for research into social, political, military history and so much more.
Create a free account and then search and view the articles.

Local Newspapers on the British Newspaper Archive

The list below shows the Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire newspapers included in this resource; it is only indicative as they are adding new papers and years to the resource all the time.
Always check the British Newspaper Archive for the most up to date information.

  • Ampthill & District News - 1871 onwards
  • Bedford Record - 1877 onwards
  • Bedfordshire Mercury - 1837 onwards
  • Bedfordshire Times and Independent - 1859 onwards
  • Biggleswade Chronicle - 1898 onwards
  • Dunstable Chronicle, and advertiser for Beds, Bucks & Herts - 1856 onwards
  • Leighton Buzzard Observer and Linslade Gazette - 1861 onwards

Check for the latest listing by limiting your search by county then bring up the list of newspapers; select a title and click on More details.
This shows an On This Day page, the available years, and what issues are in or planned for the digital archive, when the first and last issues were digitised and added, as well as details of the publisher.

For details of computer use at Bedfordshire libraries please see IT in Libraries

Page last updated: Page last updated: 1st March 2021