Newspaper Archive

Reading room in the Newspaper Archive

Bispinghof 24/25
48143 Münster

Opening hours:
Tue + Wed 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., by appointment only

Tel.: +49 (0)251 83-24017
Fax: +49 (0)251 83-24017


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

Please note: No media can be requested and retrieved during your visit. Registration by email is also not possible.


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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 (see above), our staff will retrieve it for you, as there is no self-service. Please arrive punctually at 1:30 p.m. Later entry is not possible. Eating and drinking is not permitted.

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.

Technical infrastructure

Reproduction machine

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 university 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 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.