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Searching for Newspapers

UK Libraries’ newspaper collections include contemporary local, national, and international papers and historical papers from across Kentucky, the US, and the world. Search for newspapers or newspaper articles using InfoKat Discovery and filtering your results by resource type and publication date. 

InfoKat searches many newspaper databases to which we subscribe, including the Kentucky Digital Newspapers Database, as well as UK Libraries’ microfilm and physical newspaper holdings.

While many of our newspaper materials are available in digital formats, some newspapers are only available as paper copies or on microfilm. Our librarians can assist you with locating particular papers or finding articles about specific events, either in our collections or from other institutions via Interlibrary Loan

Newspaper Databases

Our newspaper databases provide access to an incredible range of contemporary and historical papers. View our full list of newspaper databases, or explore some of our most-used:

  • Access World News – full-text database of over 600 US newspapers, including the Lexington Herald-Leader
  • Newspaper Source – regional, national, and international papers, with full-text transcripts of television and radio news
  • Nexis Uni – access to over 5,600 business, legal, medical, and reference publications, primarily newspapers, magazines, and journals

You can also search for a specific newspaper by title in our Journals A-Z index.

Kentucky Newspapers

UK Libraries has the world’s largest collection of Kentucky newspapers. 

Many Kentucky newspapers are available digitally or on microfilm, including historic papers filmed as part of the Kentucky Newspaper Project. Approximately 175 active newspapers are regularly filmed. Visit the Kentucky Microfilm Holdings Database or the Kentucky Digital Newspapers Database to browse our collections. 

Physical copies of our newspapers are held on the Second Floor of William T. Young Library. We subscribe to every active Kentucky newspaper and keep paper copies of current issues and issues from the previous two months in the South Wing on the Second Floor. 

Current Newspapers

UK Libraries subscribes to many local, national, and international newspapers that are available for browsing on the Second Floor, including the Lexington Herald-Leader, the Louisville Courier-Journal, the New York Times, and the London Times. 

Additionally, UK community members have free digital access to the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.


Many periodicals and newspapers are available on microfilm or microfiche, along with a variety of older archived materials not readily available in digital formats, including document sets, archives, manuscripts, and books. 

You can search for many of our microform materials using InfoKat Discovery, or by browsing the Kentucky Microfilm Holdings Database, but be aware that not all of our microform sets are listed in the catalog. To view set guides or explore our microform collections, please visit the Reference Desk or contact a librarian.

To view microform materials, please make an appointment. While same-day appointments may be possible, 24-hour notice is appreciated (and required on weekends).