The staff from the Carnegie Library’s Local History Department have been very busy cleaning and preserving the newspaper archive which is extensive to say the least. This is an ongoing project which will take quite a few months if not well into next year to complete. The papers have to be cleaned and then boxed up and labelled in order to better preserve the original copies. Protective clothing and masks have been worn when dealing with the older bound volumes which have mould and dust on the bindings. The basement area below the Non-Fiction lending department is also being cleaned and shelving rearranged to accommodate the newspapers once they have been boxed.
The local newspapers are available to view on microfilm/fiche in the Local History Library with the earliest paper dating back to 1803.