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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.

Electronic Newspapers

For students and staff of the University of Münster, a selection of full text newspapers is available online in the university network.
E-paper editions of more than 130 newspapers produced in Westphalia from 2013 (WN 1946) to last week can be used on certain computers at the ULB, including the Newspaper Archive.
The zeit.punktNRW portal provides free access to historical newspapers from the region of NRW.