The Straits Times: old articles (1845-1982) now searchable

Earlier this week, Kenneth Pinto alerted a bunch of us about a Singapore Heritage mailing list post about (“NewspaperSG”) – NLB has scanned its Straits Times microfilms, so the text is now searchable.

In addition he cited the site’s FAQ which points out that recent articles of The Straits Times (i.e. published after 1982) can be accessed by the public via:

  • Factiva (01 July 1989 -; all libraries)
  • Newsbank (01 Jan 2000-; all libraries)
  • Nexis (90 days archive; all libraries and from home)

The announcement on the NLB Corporate site:

Digitised Straits Times from 1845 to 1982 — now available!

National Library Singapore has launched NewspaperSG, an online service for accessing the library’s electronic archives of Singapore and Malaya newspapers.

Through NewspaperSG, library users now have access to over 548,000 pages of searchable text of the Digitised Straits Times (1845-1982) and microfilms of some 200 Singapore and Malaya newspapers that are housed at the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library.

Users who access the collection through the multimedia stations at our islandwide network of libraries will be able to search, view and print from The Straits Times digitised collection. Offsite users will also be able to access the website and view the articles but limited to the first 50 words of each full-text article.

For more information, please visit the NewspaperSG website at


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