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B.C.’s major newspapers’ archives available online

Academic, public and school libraries across British Columbia (B.C.) have joined together to provide every B.C. and Yukon resident with online access to 126 years of B.C.’s oldest and most respected newspapers: the Vancouver Sun (19122010), the TimesColonist (18842010) and The Province (18942010).

The papers are part of the renowned ProQuest Historical Newspapers collection, one of the world’s largest digital newspaper archives, now part of Clarivate. Anyone with a computer or mobile device located in B.C. or the Yukon can access these digital news archives from anywhere including their homes to search more than a century of news, features, editorials, ads and images that showcase B.C.’s heritage.

Users have access to nearly five million digitized pages a remarkable trove of content for school assignments, teaching, research, local history, family research and more. This access was made possible by the library members of the British Columbia Electronic Library Network (BC ELN), the BC Libraries Cooperative and Focused Education Resources.

“Archives of these essential historical newspapers offer unique perspectives on the unfolding of B.C., Canadian and world history, and we’re absolutely thrilled to provide these titles to everyone in the province and territory from wherever they live or work,” said Anita Cocchia, Executive Director of BC ELN. “Anyone building a family tree, writing a school report, performing indepth academic research
or trying to answer a historical question can get the information they are seeking with access to these
newspaper titles.”

Immediate access to the Sun, TimesColonist and Province archives is available to any B.C. or Yukon resident with a computer or mobile device using the link below. ProQuest’s crisp digitization allows readers to
browse pagebypage as the newspaper originally appeared or use a variety of search parameters to pinpoint the content they’re looking for.

“ProQuest is proud to work with BC ELN, the BC Libraries Cooperative, and Focused Education Resources to offer this important resource to B.C. and Yukon residents. With so many academic and public library users working, studying and researching remotely, digital resources are more important than ever,” said Lisa Wilson, Director of Product Management at ProQuest. “These historical newspapers will help these researchers unearth their history and explore their heritage.”

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