Online newspapers and magazines

Online newspapers and magazines

Information about online newspapers and magazines we subscribe to.

You can use the online newspapers and magazines free of charge from any library. You can also use some resources from home.

Press Reader 

This resource lets you read free digital versions of 7,000 UK and international newspapers and magazines.

You can use Press Reader:

  • in the library with our Wi-Fi
  • on our library computers
  • on your smartphone or tablet with either your browser or the PressReader App
  • at home 

To access Press Reader

  • select 'Sign in' on the Press Reader website or in the free app  from your App Store
  • select the yellow library card icon, enter Bristol in the search box to select your library authority
  • enter your library card number with no spaces

A pop up confirms you can now read newspapers online or download them to read offline free of charge for 30 days on your device. After 30 days you will need to sign in again.

RBdigital magazines

This resource gives access to around 70 online journals. 
You can download them to your portable device, or stream them on a computer.

If you’re asked for payment, you’re no longer browsing the free library subscription.

To create an account from home:

  • select ‘Create a new account’
  • enter your library card number or bar code, with no spaces
  • under create a new login: enter your email, a password and then click ‘Create Account’

The old ANP library card series will no longer work with this resource, see staff for a replacement card.

You can also RBdigital download the app for your Apple OIS, Android or Kindle device. 

Once you have downloaded the app, login with your Country, email address and password.

After you select a magazine for checkout, you'll need to choose to either ‘read’ or ‘download’.

If you choose to download the magazine, you will be shown a percentage indicator showing the progress of the download.

Once the download is complete, select the ‘Read’ option.

Use RBdigital.

19th Century British Library Newspapers

This resource has full runs, where possible, of 48 national and regional nineteenth century newspapers.

To log in from home:

  • enter your Bristol library card number into the library membership 
    no. box
  • click Proceed

The old ANP library card series is no longer in use for this resource, see staff for a replacement card.

Use 19th Century British Library Newspapers.

British Newspaper Archive (BNA)

This resource gives access to British Library newspapers, from the early 17th century to the late 20th century.

Many of the titles are small regional newspapers.

You’ll need to:

  • register with the BNA using a library computer
  • create a username and password on your first visit
  • log in every time you want to use BNA

Home access is limited. You can only search newspapers and see a list of results. You can’t view or print any articles.

Use British Newspaper Archive.

Illustrated London News (ILN)

This resource is a copy of the ILN from 1842 to 2003. It includes contributions by Robert Louis Stevenson, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Wilkie Collins, Rudyard Kipling, and Agatha Christie.

To log in from home:

  • enter your Bristol library card number into the library membership 
    no. box.
  • click Proceed

The old ANP library card series is no longer in use for this resource, see staff for a replacement card.

Use Illustrated London News.

John Johnson Collection: printed ephemera

This resource gives access to the John Johnson Collection, one of the most important collections of printed ephemera in the world.

It includes collectible booklets, leaflets and pamphlets covering aspects of everyday life in Britain in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

You can’t login from home.

Use the John Johnson Collection.

Newsbank: national newspapers with archived copies

Full text and up-to-date content of several national papers.

To log in from home:

  • enter your library card number in the library membership number box
  • click Proceed

The old ANP library card series is no longer in use for this resource, see staff for a replacement card.
 

Use Newsbank

Gale Primary Sources

This resource searches across the following:

  • 19th Century British Library Newspapers
  • The Illustrated London News
  • The Times Digital Archive
  • The Sunday Times Digital Archive

To log in from home:

  • enter your Bristol library card number into the library membership no. box
  • click Proceed

Use Gale Primary Sources

Sunday Times Digital Archive: 1822 to 2006

This is a fully indexed and searchable copy of the Sunday Times newspaper from 1822 to 2006. Content from 1985 onwards is also available on Newsbank.

Our license only allows two people to use this at the same time. If you can’t log on straight away, try again later.  

To log in from home:

  • enter your Bristol library card number into the library membership 
    no. box
  • click Proceed

The old ANP library card series is no longer in use for this resource, see staff for a replacement card.

Use Sunday Times Digital Archive.

Times Digital Archive: 1785 to 2013

This is a fully indexed and searchable copy of the Times newspaper from 1785 to 2013.

Our license only allows two people to use this at the same time. If you can’t log on straight away, try again later.

To log in from home:

  • enter your Bristol library card number into the library membership 
    no. box
  • click Proceed

The old ANP library card series is no longer in use for this resource, see staff for a replacement card.

Use Times Digital Archive.