The TEL portal[1] has been frozen since 31 December 2016. Over the course of 2017, we will be working to migrate all data and functionalities of Europeana Newspapers to the Europeana Collections platform. In the meantime, the service may be unresponsive at times and errors may occur; we apologise for any inconvenience.
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From 31 December 2016 ‘The European Library’ services will no longer be available and this portal will be frozen with no subsequent updates. 

For further information please visit this press release on the CENL (Conference of European National Librarians) website at or contact CENL by emailing




About the Historic Newspapers project (Europeana Newspapers)


The Historic Newspapers collection is being assembled via Europeana Newspapers – an EU-funded project running from 2012-2015. This project is responsible for 

  • Creating the 10 million pages of full-text content via Optical Character Recognition of existing digital images from partner libraries in the project
  • Building the Historic Newspapers interface at The European Library
  • Providing information on newspapers titles to Europeana

For more information about the project and its partners, please see the  Europeana Newspapers website.

Copyright and Re-use  

The material included in the Historic Newspapers collection has been provided by a number of libraries across Europe. Much of the content is in the public domain but some remains under copyright. Please seek the written permission of the contributing library before reproducing, distributing or commercially exploit any material from this collection.

The European Library is keen to explore with the contributing libraries on the other ways that the data can be redistributed, eg. via APIs and open data. We will continue that discussion and try and make the data available in other ways.

The full text available via this interface  

The Historic Newspapers collection contains 10 million pages of full-text content. This text was created using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) – an automated process that converts visual images of numbers and letters into a machine-readable format. Once converted, users can search the text for names, locations and other terms located in the newspaper.

Because historic newspapers were sometimes printed in unusual fonts or on poor quality paper, the electronically translated text can contain errors. In the future, we hope to give users of the Historic Newspapers collection the ability to submit corrections to the OCR text.

(December 2013)