Newspapers for Schools

Newspapers are an invaluable source of inspiration for students – over 50% of teachers use newspaper content on a weekly basis. On behalf of publishers around the UK, the NLA media access (NLA) offers two services designed to encourage the use of newspaper material in schools whilst fully respecting copyright law.

News Library

The Newspapers for Schools ‘News Library’ database allows teachers and students to find newspaper articles as a PDF cutting or full page exactly as it was printed. The service offers the most efficient way of getting newspapers into the classroom whilst fully respecting copyright. News Library contains over 35 million newspaper articles from over 150 UK national and regional newspaper titles, from 2006 to present day.

  • Easy to use: Search for or browse high quality real-life material in a single online resource.
  • Sharable format: Bookmark articles you find, send links or project PDFs onto screen in class.
  • Broad coverage: Compare coverage and show how local areas are affected by national events.

Register for free access

The News Library database is free for any UK primary or secondary school offering full-time education where the normal admission age is 16 years or younger, that currently is covered by a valid paid for NLA copyright licence.

Schools Licence

A paid-for licence available to any primary or secondary school in the UK which permits photocopying, printing, scanning and retyping extracts of newspapers and newspaper websites for education and teaching purposes.

Applying for the Schools Licence

The CLA, as exclusive agent for NLA, grants a licence to Schools in the United Kingdom to reproduce articles from NLA Newspapers and NLA Newspaper Websites. To verify your licence status or to apply for a Licence, please visit the CLA website or contact the CLA by telephone 020 7400 3171 or email education.customers@cla.co.uk

Partner websites

Copyright Licensing Agency Copyright And Schools Journalism Diversity Fund