Newspaper archive closed until 1 February

As part of the general Corona lockdown, the newspaper archive remains closed until at least Mon, 1 February 2021.

Service restrictions during the corona crisis

The newspaper archive is open from Tuesday to Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

If you would like to view the holdings of the newspaper archive, please use the online order form in advance so that we can give you an appointment and provide the required media.

Please note:

  • During the corona restrictions, a maximum of 5 persons can use the newspaper archive at the same time.
  • No media can be ordered and retrieved during your visit.
  • Registration by email is also not possible.
  • Please arrive punctually at 1:30 p.m. Later entry is not possible.
  • Eating and drinking is not permitted during your visit in the newspaper archive.

Orders

If you would like to view the holdings of the newspaper archive, please use the online order form in advance so that we can give you an appointment and provide the required media.

Please note: During the corona restrictions, no media can be ordered and retrieved during your visit. Registration by email is also not possible.

Newspapers
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Holdings

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.

Use

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 (see above), 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 (currently not accessible). Some of these newspapers are also available in the newspaper archive.

Reproduction machine
© ULB

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 a WWU user ID 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.

Electronic Newspapers

For students and staff of the University of Münster, a selection of full text newspapers [de] is available online in the university network.
More than 130 e-paper editions [de] of newspapers published in Westphalia can be used in the ULB premises via a regional window to the German National Library.
The zeit.punktNRW portal provides free access to historical newspapers from the region of NRW.