Skip to Main Content

Media Studies Library Guide: Newspapers

A guide to resources for Media Studies

In Print

Special Collections holds a collection of local and national newpapers and a range of Southern African newspapers.  There are also several large collections of news clippings indexed by subject.

UCT Libraries suffered a devastating fire on Sunday 18 April 2021 and we are still assessing the damage and loss. Please note that the library holdings for the African Studies Library, Government Publications, Rare Books and Manuscripts may no longer be accurate.   Please use the services of the National Library of South Africa


Electronic Access


Online access to local, national and international newspapers is generally limited to that which is freely available on the web.   Many of these newspapers require subscriptions before their entire content may be viewed.

UCT Libraries now has access to Press Reader which gives access to growing number of newspapers and magazines from countries all over the world, including South Africa.    

Other online access is available through: