NewspaperSG is an online resource of current and historic Singapore and Malaya newspapers. You can search our digital archive of newspapers published between 1831-2009, or find information on over 200 newspaper titles in the National Library's microfilm collection.
Enter your keyword(s) in the search box. The search engine will retrieve articles containing all of your search terms.
To search an exact phrase, place quotation marks around your search terms, for example "Singapore River".
You can use also the Boolean operator OR to expand your search. E.g. kampong OR kampung will retrieve articles containing the words kampong or kampung.
Alternatively, you can use the Boolean operator NOT to narrow your search. E.g. kallang NOT airport will retrieve articles about Kallang but not Kallang Airport.
By default, the search engine will look for results that exactly match your search term/s.
If you do not get many results, you may choose to do a fuzzy search instead. Fuzzy searching will find a word even if it is misspelled. It can be very useful when searching text generated using OCR software, as there are varying levels of accuracy depending on the quality of the original newspaper or microfilm. For example, a fuzzy search for singapore will find sincapore or sinoapore.
The searchable newspaper text that appears in the article extract has been automatically generated using OCR software. Optical Character Recognition or OCR is a process by which software reads a page image and translates it into a text file by recognising the shapes of the letters (The NINCH Guide to Good Practice in the Digital Representation and Management of Cultural Heritage Materials). OCR enables searching of large quantities of full-text data, but it is never 100% accurate. The level of accuracy depends on the print quality of the original newspaper, its condition at the time of microfilming, and the level of detail captured by the microfilm scanner. Newspapers with poor quality paper, small print, mixed fonts, multiple column layouts, or damaged pages may have poor OCR accuracy.
|Newspaper||Issues Digitised||Full article available from home*||Full article available from multimedia stations at NLB libraries|
|5.1||Berita Harian/Minggu||1957 - 2008||1957 - 1989||1957 - 2008|
|5.2||The Business Times||1976 - 2009||1976 - 1989||1976 - 2009|
|5.3||Daily Advertiser||1890 - 1894||1890 - 1894||1890 - 1894|
|5.4||Eastern Daily Mail and Straits Morning Advertiser||1905 - 1907||1905 - 1907||1905 - 1907|
|5.6||联合晚报(Lianhe Wanbao)||1983 - 2009||1983 - 1989||1983 - 2009|
|5.7||联合早报(Lianhe Zaobao)||1983 - 2009||1983–1989||1983 - 2009|
|5.8||Malayan Saturday Post||1924 - 1933||1924 - 1933||1924 - 1933|
|5.9||Mid - day Herald||1895 - 1898||1895 - 1898||1895 - 1898|
|5.10||南洋商报 (Nanyang Siang Pau)||1923 - 1983||1923 - 1983||1923 - 1983|
|5.11||New Nation||1971 - 1982||1971 - 1982||1971 - 1982|
|5.12||The New Paper||1988 - 2009||1988 - 1989||1988 - 2009|
|5.13||星洲日報(Sin Chew Jit Poh)||1979 - 1983||1979 - 1983||1979 - 1983|
|5.14||Singapore Chronicle and Commercial Register||1831 - 1837||1831 - 1837||1831 - 1837|
|5.15||Singapore Daily News||1932 - 1933||1932 - 1933||1932 - 1933|
|5.16||The Singapore Free Press||1925 - 1962||1925 - 1962||1925 - 1962|
|5.17||The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1835–1869)||1835 - 1866||1835 - 1866||1835 - 1866|
|5.18||The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884–1942)||1884 - 1942||1884 - 1942||1884 - 1942|
|5.19||Singapore Monitor||1982 - 1985||1982 - 1985||1982 - 1985|
|5.20||Singapore Weekly Herald||1888 - 1889||1888 - 1889||1888 - 1889|
|5.22||Straits Chinese Herald||1894||1894||1894|
|5.23||Straits Eurasian Advocate||1888||1888||1888|
|5.24||Straits Mail||1894 - 1895||1894 - 1895||1894 - 1895|
|5.25||Straits Observer (Singapore)||1874 - 1897||1874 - 1897||1874 - 1897|
|5.26||Straits Telegraph and Daily Advertiser||1899||1899||1899|
|5.27||The Straits Times||1845 - 2009||1845 - 1989||1845 - 2009|
|5.28||Straits Times Overland Journal||1869 - 1881||1869 - 1881||1869 - 1881|
|5.29||Straits Times Weekly Issue||1883 - 1893||1883 - 1893||1883 - 1893|
|5.30||TODAY / Weekend TODAY||2000 - 2009||2000 - 2009||2000 - 2009|
|5.31||Weekly Sun||1910 - 1913||1910 - 1913||1910 - 1913|
Yes. The zoom feature is provided at the page level. To view an article from the full page, click on "Show Article Zones", and select by clicking within the article boundary.
No, you cannot download a copy of the article.
You can get an un-watermarked copy of the newspaper article from the multimedia stations at NLB libraries. Prints are charged at $1.00 per A4 page. Please collect your prints from the Print Console located at the Photocopying Room or next to the multimedia stations.
If you are based overseas and would like the article reproductions to be sent to you, you can place a document delivery request with us here. Our document delivery team will contact you within 3 working days to liaise further on the details of your request. Please note that all reprographic prints are supplied strictly for reference and research purposes only. For all other uses, please see Question 14.
Home users will not be able to view articles from third-party news sources (such as Reuters, AFP and AP) that were published in the last 70 years. Users will also not be able to view articles published after 1989 for Singapore Press Holdings' newspapers. This includes Berita Harian, The Business Times, 联合晚报 (Lianhe Wanbao), 联合早报 (Lianhe Zaobao), The New Paper, The Straits Times and Tamil Murasu (தமிழ் முரசு).
The preview service allows you to view issues of upcoming newspapers that will be made available in NewspaperSG in the future. Search function is not available for this feature.
The following are the newspapers currently provided under the preview service:
|Pana Times||1985 - 1987|
|星洲日報 (Sin Chew Jit Poh)||1951 - 1978|
|Singai Nesan Tamil Journal||1887 - 1890|
|தமிழ் முரசு (Tamil Murasu)||1936 - 2008|
|Warta Malaya||1933 - 1941|
Article zoning and linking are done manually. The high-volume of articles digitised contributes to occurrence of human errors. NLB is proactively seeking to improve the situation.
Newspaper supplement is not treated as a separate section. The page numbers in a supplement run in continuation from the Main section.
Miscellaneous Cost consists of other costs incurred in the maintenance and support of this website and its content.
If you want to republish an article from the newspapers listed below, please contact the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Information Resource Centre at:
|The Business Times|
|联合晚报 (Lianhe Wanbao)|
|南洋商报 (Nanyang Siang Pau)|
|The New Paper|
|星洲日報 (Sin Chew Jit Poh)|
|Singapore Daily News|
|The Singapore Free Press|
|The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1835–1869)|
|The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884–1942)|
|The Singapore Monitor|
|The Straits Times|
|Straits Times Overland Journal|
|Straits Times Weekly Issue|
|தமிழ் முரசு (Tamil Murasu)|
For newspapers not on this list, please email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enter keyword(s) of a newspaper title in the search box. The search engine will retrieve newspaper titles containing all your search terms. You may also search using Chinese or Tamil scripts.
To retrieve all newspaper titles for a particular date range, place of publication, and/or language, leave the search box empty, select your search parameters and then run your search.
The Newspapers on Microfilm collection is housed at the:
Singapore and Southeast Asian Collections
Lee Kong Chian Reference Library, Level 11
National Library Singapore
National Library Building
100 Victoria Street
Selected newspapers on microfilm are also available at the Jurong Regional Library, Tampines Regional Library and the Woodlands Regional Library. The list of the titles is given in Question 17.
The newspapers are:
|Berita Harian & Berita Minggu||Jan 1981 -||Jan 2004 -||Jan 1996 -|
|The Business Times||Jan 1981 -||Jan 1993 -||Jan 1996 -|
|Lianhe Zaobao||16 Mar 1983 -||Mar 1983 -||Jan 1996 -|
|Lianhe Wanbao||16 Mar 1983 -||Jan 2004 -||Jan 1996 -|
|The Straits Times & The Sunday Times||Jan 1981 -||Jan 1981 -||Jan 1996 -|
|தமிழ் முரசு (Tamil Murasu)||Jan 1991 -||Jan 2004 -||Jan 1996 -|
The reprographic rates are:
Charges are payable by cash only.
The NewspaperSG project has been reported in the following articles: