Wellington City Libraries

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Online "premium" databases you can access for free with your library card. Not a member? Join online


This gives same day, unlimited access to full-page replicas of thousands of newspaper and magazine titles from NZ and around the world. Publications are available from more than 100 countries in over 60 languages, with titles going back 90 days.

You can access PressReader through your browser or with the PressReader app, available in the Apple and Google Play app stores. Publications can also be downloaded for offline reading on the app.

The link below uses the new method of logging in directly to Pressreader - please follow the tutorial steps if you are a first time user.

New York Times

The New York Times provides up to the minute news on the New York Times and the International New York Times websites and via their apps. Wellington City Libraries' subscription offers our members the opportunity to login each day with your library card details and claim a "group pass" which gives 24 hours' access to their websites & smartphone app. Included in the pass is access to the searchable archive from 1851-1922 and 1981-present.

Note: the expiry time for your 24 hours access is given in US Eastern Time, and an initial nytimes.com registration is required

New York Times

Australia & New Zealand Newsstream

Formerly ProQuest ANZ Newsstand

This database offers full text, searchable access to national and provincial newspapers in Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand titles include The Dominion Post, The New Zealand Herald, Sunday Star-Times, The Press (Christchurch), Truth, and past issues of The Evening Post and The Dominion. Australian newspapers include the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age (Melbourne), the Australian and ABC news sources. Many titles can be searched going back several years.

Here are some key New Zealand newspapers:

Australia & New Zealand Newsstream

General OneFile

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A one-stop source for news and magazine articles (title list) on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Updated daily, this database includes millions of full-text articles, many with images. Newspaper titles include the New York Times with searchable full-text content from 1985-present.

General OneFile

Gale Primary Sources

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The Primary Sources collection combines Gale's digital archives in a single cross-search interface, including 17th-18th Century Burney Collection, British Library Newspapers: Parts 1-5, 19th Century UK Periodicals, 19th Century US Newspapers, The Times Digital Archive and The Telegraph Historical Archive

Times Digital Archive

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This database allows you to search and view more than 200 years of The Times [London], from 1785-2012. Content includes news articles, obituaries, advertising, book reviews and even the crossword puzzles. You can also browse by issue date, story headline, subject etc. Results are displayed at the article level and you may view the article - or the full page upon which it appeared. This is a valuable primary resource for students, genealogists, researchers and anyone interested in history.

Coverage note: Due to industrial action, The Times was not printed between the 1st of December 1978 and the 12th of November 1979. Please ask at the 2nd Floor Desk at the Central Library for microfilm copies of The Daily Telegraph for this period.

The Times Digital Archive

17th and 18th Century Nichols Newspapers Collection

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The Collection features London newspapers, pamphlets, periodicals and broadsheets gathered by antiquarian and printer John Nichols. This collection forms the 296 volumes of bound material in the Nichols newspaper collection held at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, and spans the years 1672 to 1737 complementing the titles and issues found in 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers

17th and 18th Century Nichols Newspapers

International Herald Tribune Historical Archive

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The International Herald Tribune, founded in 1887 and published in Paris, was best known for its objective reporting and clear style, and for taking an unrivaled international approach to its coverage and perspective. The diversity of both contributors and viewpoints created some of the most unique and insightful coverage available to the public.

International Herald Tribune Historical Archive, 1887-2013

The Sunday Times Digital Archive

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The Sunday Times Historical Archive, 1822-2006, is powerful in its hard-hitting and investigative journalism, with in-depth information and widely researched, long-term news stories. It is an important resource for all humanities and social sciences courses, especially in history, media studies/journalism, literature, cultural studies, politics, and performing arts.

Note: Despite the similarity of names, the Sunday Times was an entirely separate paper from the Times until 1966, when both papers came under common ownership. To this day, the Sunday Times remains editorially independent from the Times, with its own remit and perspective on the news.

The Sunday Times Digital Archive

Gale Primary Sources - Aggregate search

To search all of the above as well as 6 extra newspaper databases, use the aggregate search below. You can select which sources to search. The extra collections in the aggregate search are:

  • 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection
  • British Library Newspapers
  • Daily Mail Historical Archive, 1896-2004
  • The Independent Digital Archive
  • Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers
  • The Telegraph Historical Archive

Gale Primary Sources Aggregate Search

Other useful sites

These are sites that don't require a login (freely available online sites), that you may also find useful:

Index New Zealand

Index New Zealand (INNZ) is an index with abstracts from selected New Zealand serial publications, including newspapers, and nearly 300 journals about New Zealand and the South Pacific.

INNZ is updated daily and approximately 2,000 documents are added monthly. Subjects covered include general interest material, social research, current affairs, the arts and humanities. Comprehensive coverage of titles extends from 1987 onwards. Many New Zealand titles have also been retrospectively indexed.

Index New Zealand

Papers Past

Provided by the National Library, Papers Past showcases selected 19th century New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The site currently contains digital images of over one million pages from more than 40 publications, including searchable full text of the Evening Post from 1865-1915.

Papers Past

Niupepa: Maori Newspapers Digital Collection

The Niupepa: Maori Newspapers Digital Collection is an electronic collection of over 17,000 pages taken from 34 separate periodicals. It is based on 'Niupepa 1842-1933', a microfiche collection produced by the Alexander Turnbull Library. 70% of the collection is written solely in Māori, 27% is bilingual and about 3% is written in English. There were three main types of niupepa published; government sponsored, Māori initiated, and religious.

Niupepa : Maori Newspapers

The Evening Post Clippings Collection, 1927-1977

This contains several hundred thousand newspaper clippings collected between 1927 and 1977 and donated to Wellington City Libraries by The Dominion Post in 2003. Most of the clippings were taken from the Evening Post itself, though other material is also present.

The collection is divided into nearly 8000 subject headings. These are contained within some 15000 individual envelopes and housed on the 2nd Floor of the Central Library in 30 filing cabinets.

The collection is primarily New Zealand focused (with Wellington featuring prominently), though major world events such as World War II and the Apollo moon landings are also covered.

You can use this searchable database to identify those subject areas which may be of interest to your research from throughout that 50 year period, without knowing the exact date of when they occurred. Please ask at the 2nd Floor enquiries desk for access to the actual clippings.

Evening Post Clippings Collection

Newspapers Library Guide

Contains information on Wellington City Libraries' paper and microfiche newspaper collection

Newspapers Library Guide

Newspaper websites at the Library

The websites of major New Zealand and international newspapers are accessible from the free internet computers in the library. Titles available include The Dominion Post, The New Zealand Herald, Sydney Morning Herald, South China Morning Post, The Guardian.

Complete list of Free Internet titles