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NewspaperSG is an online archive of Singapore newspapers. You can search our digital archive of newspapers published since 1831, 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.
The Search Term Visualiser charts the frequency a keyword or phrase occurs over a given timeline. Type in a keyword or phrase for a visual representation of its availability across the years. Add other keywords or phrases to compare the results or view where they intersect. You can also filter by title, date range and content type. You may share the chart generated by the Search Term Visualiser via social media.
This feature allows you to view the top 5 most viewed articles in NewspaperSG for the past month. You will be brought to the article when you click on any of the top 5 most viewed articles.
This Week in History highlights a particular week in Singapore's history as reported in the newspapers at that time. Clicking Read More will bring you to the first page of the newspaper issue highlighted.
The searchable newspaper text that appears in the article extract has been automatically generated using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. 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 selected NLB libraries (please see here for more information)
Under Singapore Press Holdings (SPH)
Berita Harian/Minggu 1957 - 2014 1957 - 1989 1957 - 2014
The Business Times 1976 - 2015 1976 - 1989 1976 - 2015
联合晚报 (Lianhe Wanbao) 1983 - 2011 1983 - 1989 1983 - 2011
联合早报 Lianhe Zaobao) 1983 - 2011 1983 - 1989 1983 - 2011
南洋商报 (Nanyang Siang Pau) 1923 - 1983 1923 - 1983 1923 - 1983
New Nation 1971 - 1982 1971 - 1982 1971 - 1982
The New Paper 1988 - 2014 1988 - 1989 1988 - 2014
星洲日報 (Sin Chew Jit Poh) 1979 - 1983 1979 - 1983 1979 - 1983
Singapore Daily News 1932 - 1933 1932 - 1933 1932 - 1933
The Singapore Free Press 1925 - 1962 1925 - 1962 1925 - 1962
The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1835–1869) 1835 - 1866 1835 - 1866 1835 - 1866
The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (1884–1942) 1884 - 1942 1884 - 1942 1884 - 1942
The Singapore Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (Weekly) 1888 - 1929 1888 - 1929 1888 - 1929
Singapore Monitor 1982 - 1985 1982 - 1985 1982 - 1985
The Straits Times 1845 - 2014 1845 - 1989 1845 - 2014
Straits Times Overland Journal 1869 - 1881 1869 - 1881 1869 - 1881
Straits Times Weekly Issue 1883 - 1893 1883 - 1893 1883 - 1893
Under Mediacorp
TODAY/ Weekend TODAY 2000 - 2015 2000 - 2015 2000 - 2015
Other Publishers
Comrade 1946 1946 1946
Daily Advertiser 1890 - 1894 1890 - 1894 1890 - 1894
Eastern Daily Mail and Straits Morning Advertiser 1905 - 1907 1905 - 1907 1905 - 1907
Indian Daily Mail 1946 - 1956 1946 - 1947 1946 - 1956
Kabar Slalu 1924 1924 1924
Malaya Tribune 1914 - 1951 1914 - 1947 1914 - 1951
Malayan Saturday Post 1924 - 1933 1924 - 1933 1924 - 1933
Mid - day Herald 1895 - 1898 1895 - 1898 1895 - 1898
Morning Tribune 1927 - 1949 1927 - 1947 1927 - 1949
Singapore Chronicle and Commercial Register 1831 - 1837 1831 - 1837 1831 - 1837
Singapore Herald 1970 - 1971 - 1970 - 1971
Singapore Standard 1950 - 1959 - 1950 - 1959
Singapore Weekly Herald 1888 - 1889 1888 - 1889 1888 - 1889
Straits Advocate 1889 1889 1889
Straits Chinese Herald 1894 1894 1894
Straits Daily Advertiser 1900 1900 1900
Straits Eurasian Advocate 1888 1888 1888
Straits Mail 1894 - 1895 1894 - 1895 1894 - 1895
Straits Observer (Singapore) 1874 - 1897 1874 - 1897 1874 - 1897
Straits Telegraph and Daily Advertiser 1899 1899 1899
Shonan Times/ Syonan Shimbun 1942 - 1945 1942 - 1945 1942 - 1945
Sunday Standard 1950 - 1959 - 1950 - 1959
Sunday Tribune (Singapore) 1933 - 1950 1933 - 1947 1933 - 1950
Syonan Shimbun Fortnightly 1945 1945 1945
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 selected NLB libraries (please see here for more information). 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. 
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).
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.
a) What is Access Anywhere?
You can access the content of the issue from home or at the libraries.

b) What is Page View Only?
Search function is not available to locate content in newspapers under Page View Only. The following are the newspapers currently available for page viewing only:
Newspaper Issues Digitised
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
Warta Perang 1941

c) What is Multiple Editions?
Sometimes a particular newspaper title may publish two or more editions on the same day.

d) What is On Site Access Only?
You can only access the content of the issue from the multimedia stations at selected NLB libraries (please see here for more information).

e) What is Unavailable Content?
This could be gap in our collection or no issue was published on that date.
If you want to republish an article from the newspapers listed below, please contact the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) Information Resource Centre at:
+65 6319 5726; +65 6319 5508
sphlib@sph.com.sg

Newspaper
Berita Harian/ Minggu
The Business Times
联合晚报 (Lianhe Wanbao)
联合早报(Lianhe Zaobao)
南洋商报 (Nanyang Siang Pau)
New Nation
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 Free Press and Mercantile Advertiser (Weekly)
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: ref@nlb.gov.sg.
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
Singapore 188064
The printing rates are:
A4 plain paper: $0.45
A3 plain paper: $0.75

You can also find online archives of current Singapore newspapers in databases subscribed by the library. To access these databases, go to NLB eResources look for "Browse By Type", and click on "eNewspapers". You may wish to note that access to the Singapore newspapers in these databases is only available to patrons using the multimedia media stations at selected NLB libraries (please see here for more information).

Online newspaper archives are also available directly from the publishers.

You may choose to subscribe to Newslink, an online newspaper archival service provided by the Singapore Press Holdings (SPH). The site offers access to The Straits Times from 1989 as well as a range of newspapers published by them.

Archived issues of TODAY are available to registered TODAYonline members at http://www.todayonline.com.
NewspaperSG portal provides a digital reproduction of what has already been published and is in the public domain in paper and microfilm formats. The National Library Board, Singapore does not control the content of the published material that was created by various newspaper publishing companies. These resources are provided for research and reference purposes to our library members. We are unable to remove any newspaper articles.