How to access the New Straits Times archives

The main reception desk of the New Straits Times Resource Centre

This is a short post about accessing the archives of the New Straits Times in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Posting here because there is very little information about this important media archive online.

For a start, don’t expect anyone to know what you are looking for when you ask for the “archives”. Officially the name of the archives is the ‘Resource Centre’, but may also be referred to as ‘the library’ by staff.

The NSTP Resource Centre is located at the main New Straits Time Office:

Upon arriving at the main gate, tell the guard that you are visiting the Resource Centre. They should point you in the direction of the archives.

The Resource Centre offers the following services:

  • News clippings: Collection of ~6 million newspaper clippings in English and Bahasa Melayu.
  • Photographs: ~6.7 million hard copy prints dating back to the 1850s.
  • Bound volumes: Original copies bound monthly back to 1970.
  • Microform: Copies of newspaper articles from 1950s to 1984.
  • News and image bank: Access to their online archive of newspaper articles, online and PDF scans dating back to 1991.
  • Cartoons: Original drawings, including by artists Lat, Fauzi, Juragan, and Ragam Zoy.
  • Various books, magazines, maps, etc..

NST includes a number of national and regional newspapers, in both the English language and Bahasa Melayu:

  • New Straits Times
  • Berita Harian
  • The Star
  • Harian Metro
  • Galeri Prima

If you are only interested in recent articles and wish to save travelling to Kuala Lumpur, it is possible to access (for a small fee) the News and Image Bank online. This includes a searchable database of articles and images dating back to 1991.

Access to the Research Centre costs RM20 per hour, and the archive offers a reasonably priced printing/copying service on site. There is RM10 discount for student card holders (they seem to accept student cards from any country, not just Malaysia).

Alley way leading to the entrance of the Resource Centre
Main entrance to the media centre

Information about the Resource Centre [click for full size]

Computers for access to the news and image bank
The archive includes hard copies for the last 3 months of a range of national and regional titles

If you want to take a break, I recommend the Bangsar APW centre next door to the main office, where you can find good coffee at Pulp café, pizza at Proof Pizza & Wine, and beer at Biru San bar.