Q. How do I look at old newspapers at the library?
The Lexington Park Library has back issues of The St Mary's Enterprise (1952-present) and The St. Mary's Beacon (1852-1984, some issues missing) available on microfilm. There is a printer available, as well as indices of obituaries from both papers. Please call the Lexington Park Library (301-863-8188) if you have any questions about the microfilm.
The Beacon (1923-1984, with gaps) and The Enterprise (1952-3 months ago, with gaps) are also available for searching and viewing online at stmalib.archivalweb.com.
The Beacon (1852-1922, with gaps) is available online at the Library of Congress' Chronicling America.
Additionally, users of the St. Mary's County Libraries have access to two helpful newspaper databases with their library card. The Newspaper Archive provides millions of newspaper pages from around the world from 1753 to the present. Library card holders can also access The Washington Post as far back as 1977. To access these databases, visit the Online Resources page and look for the "Magazines & Newspapers" tag.