Scotland's historic newspapers saved for the nation

As a result of an ambitious preservation project, the National Library of Scotland now has the most comprehensive archive of Scottish newspapers in the world.

Almost four million pages of endangered historic Scottish newspapers, covering the period 1700-1950, had been preserved on microfilm by the time the NEWSPLAN Scotland project was completed this summer. The project has added 606 Scottish newspaper titles to the Library's collections - some of which have not been read in Scotland since they were first published.

Local libraries have benefited from the project too. Not only do participating libraries hold copies of titles that relate to their geographical area, but special equipment has been installed for reading the microfilms.

You can find out more about this project in our press release.

1 September 2005

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