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Main Reading Room


Opening hours
Monday to Friday, 9.30am -  7.30pm
Saturday, 9.30am - 5.30pm


Tel. 21 798 2000
Fax 21 798 2138
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The periodical section of the General Collection contains around 50,000 newspaper and other serial titles, around 12,000 of which are current publications from Portugal and 240 from abroad, with emphasis on Brazil. The holdings include the Lisbon and Oporto-based press with a national coverage, all the regional press, and other periodical publications such as parish bulletins, school journals, and the reports, accounts and yearbooks of a wide variety of companies and institutions.

Most of the Portuguese newspapers and magazines are from the 19th and 20th centuries, but there are also 17th and 18th century journals, examples of which include the Gazeta da Restauração (1640), which was the first Portuguese periodical, and the Gazeta de Lisboa (1715). The Açoriano Oriental (1835) and the Revista Militar (1848) are the oldest titles that are still published today. Of particular interest is the collection of journals from Africa, Macao and Goa, with titles such as the Arauto Africano (Luanda, 1889), the Lourenço Marques Guardian (1905), the Correio de São Tomé (1887), Claridade (magazine, Cape Verde, 1936), A Abelha da China (Macao, 1822) and O Cronista de Tissuary (New Goa, 1866).

In order to simultaneously respond to the huge demand and preserve the journals, which are printed on especially fragile paper, the BNP has been pursuing a vast microfilm programme, concentrating on Portuguese titles published in the 19th and 20th centuries.