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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 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.

Overdrive eMagazines

This resource gives access to around 3,000 online magazines suitable for a range of age groups. It also includes access to around three years’ back copies.

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.

Access eMagazines 

You must be a member of the library as you’ll need your library card number and PIN.

Using a smart device

  • log on to LibbyApp website
  • download the free Libby app, available from all app stores

Using a Windows or Mac computer or a Chromebook

Log on to the LibbyApp website.

Using a Kindle Fire

Download the OverDrive app from your app store, as the Libby app is not yet compatible with the Kindle Fire. 
It has the same titles as Libby but offers slightly different features and device compatibility.

eComics

This collection has around 2,800 comics and graphic novels suitable for a wide range of age groups.

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.

Access eComics

You must be a member of the library as you’ll need your library card number and PIN.

Using a smart device

  • log on to LibbyApp website
  • download the free Libby app, available from all app stores

Using a Windows or Mac computer or a Chromebook

Log on to the LibbyApp website.

Using a Kindle Fire

Download the OverDrive app from your app store, as the Libby app is not yet compatible with the Kindle Fire. 

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.

Use the John Johnson Collection.

Newsbank: national and local newspapers with archived copies

Explore and stay informed on events, people and issues related to business, government, economy, sports, culture, and more. 

Features a variety of local, regional, and national credible news sources from across the UK and Ireland, including The Post. Also available remotely 24/7 on any device.

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 2014

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.