Reading room in the newspaper archive

Newspaper archive

Newspaper archive (building)

Bispinghof 24/25
Tel.: +49 (0)251 83-24017

Opening Hours
Mon – Fri 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Thorsten Schmidt
Tel.: +49 (0)251 83-24265

Rudolf Eienbröker
Tel.: +49 (0)251 83-24048

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The University of Münster has one of the largest newspaper and press archives in Germany. The archive was established when its two most substantial newspaper collections were merged at the beginning of 2003. These were the press archive of the Department of Communication (IfK) and the newspaper archive of the University and State Library of Münster.

Over ten kilometers of shelving on six floors in the building of the Alte Universtätsbibliothek (former library building) house the holdings. There are approximately 55,000 bound and unbound newspaper volumes as well as 35,000 microfilms and 70,000 microfiches available plus approx. 180,000 fiches containing reference works, sources, work editions and doctoral theses.


The holdings can be reviewed in the reading room on the ground floor that offers 20 seats. After you have requested the desired film or volume, our staff will retrieve it for you, as there is no self-service.
The latest issues of the most important daily newspapers are available in the library’s main building in the cafeteria. Some of these newspapers are also available in the newspaper archive.
For students and staff of the University of Münster, a selection of full text newspapers [de] is available online in the university network. The zeit.punktNRW portal provides free access to historical newspapers from the region of NRW.

Reproduction machine

Technical infrastructure

For re-enlargement of microfilms, a reading device and scanner are available for your use. You can print copies using the attached printer or save digital copies on a CD or USB flash drive.

Using the copier, you can either make paper copies of printed newspapers or scans (Scan2Mail). This will require an IT service center (ZIV) account and a MensaCard.

Additionally, there is a high-definition digital camera connected to the reproduction machine that can be used to photograph pages from a volume. The content can then be saved to a storage device.