The State Library’s collection of historic and current newspapers is comprised of more than 100,000 microfilm reels and over 3,000 bound volumes. Currently, the State Library receives approximately 126 newspapers, including all the major dailies published in Pennsylvania and at least one newspaper from each of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties. Additional titles are provided through online access in the reading rooms or by remote access for active State Government employees with a current State Library card.
The State Library’s earliest Pennsylvania newspaper is a December 22, 1719 issue of the American Weekly Mercury. This newspaper is reputed to be the first newspaper published in the middle colonies, and the fourth in order of time, published in America. It is preserved on microfilm. Access to historic newspapers may be restricted due to their condition. Some of the State Library’s microfilm copies of newspapers are available for use on-site or through interlibrary loan. The State Library of Pennsylvania continues to add digitized copies of historical Pennsylvania newspapers
to the Access Pennsylvania Digital Repository. In addition, see the Directory of Digitized Pennsylvania Historic Newspapers which includes titles that are freely accessible. For more information about conducting research with our newspapers collection, please check out the Newspapers Research Guide.