The library has an extensive collection of historical and current regional, national, and international newspapers available in a variety of formats including microfilm, microfiche, and electronic. Due to the availability of electronic, most print subscriptions were canceled in the mid-2000s and the remaining print subscriptions were canceled in 2020.
In many cases, the library often has entire runs of newspapers and continues to acquire backfiles electronically and selectively in microfilm.
Most news sources are available electronically in aggregated databases. These databases are often international in scope and include newspapers, periodicals, news wires and websites, blogs, and television and radio transcripts.
Departments/disciplines/programs/subject areas supported
News sources are highly interdisciplinary. They support departments and programs throughout the University.
The preferred format for current news sources is electronic. Most news sources are available in aggregated databases, but digital subscriptions to individual newspapers are obtained when possible. Print subscriptions are only considered when there is no electronic format or the electronic is not a viable one for the library.
Historical newspapers are acquired selectively on microfilm, but digitized newspapers and/or collections are preferred.
Most current news content is collected in English. News sources are collected from all over the world and non-English language ethnic news sources published in the United States are collected as well.
Chronological and geographical focus
Most newspaper titles are from the United States. However, all continents and nearly all countries are represented covering the period 1700 to the present.
Collaborations within Yale
Libraries and departments throughout the Yale University Library system collaborate on the acquisition of aggregated news databases, digital newspaper archives, and all general newspaper subscriptions.
- Center for Research Libraries: Collaborative collecting and consortial pricing.