PressReader – the new improved PressDisplay

pressreader-appFrom September, the PressDisplay database will become PressReader. You will still get same day, unlimited access to full-page replicas of thousands of newspaper and magazine titles from NZ and around the world, but the look of PressReader is much more mobile friendly and customisable to view on your computer or mobile device. You can also choose to take advantage of a range of new features such as bookmarking, instant translation, keyword search and greatly improved social sharing.

Fantastic New Magazine Content

As well as the vast array of newspaper content, PressReader provides full access to as many magazines as newspapers with some great NZ titles, including NZ Listener, NZ Woman’s Day, Cuisine, Metro, NZ House & Garden, NZ Gardener, Little Treasures, NZ Rugby World, and Next. Overseas titles include Mojo, Q, BBC History, T3, Elle, Mollie Makes, Playstation Magazine, SFX, GQ Australia,Vogue Australia and Top Gear. And just like Pressdisplay, over 60 languages are represented in the newspaper & magazine content.

Accessing Pressreader

In the browser:

  1. Use your library card details to access the PressReader website
  2. Once on the PressReader site, you’ll need to log in to the site itself again so it can create your PressReader account. Again, this uses your library card details:
    1. Click ‘Sign in’ in the top right-hand corner
    2. Click on the ‘Library and Group’ button
    3. In the ‘Select Library’ box that pops up, search for ‘Wellington City Libraries’ > Click on our Library logo to select this as your library
    4. Enter your Library card number, and your surname as your ‘PIN’, and click the ‘Sign in’ button
    5. When prompted to set up an account, enter your details so that you can save favourite newspapers and magazines. Alternatively you can choose “No Thanks” and not set up an account.

Apps for Android and iOS:

You can download the app for Android and iOS devices below:

You may notice some slight differences between Pressdisplay and Pressreader – once you select a title, you can now ‘turn’ the pages by clicking and dragging the next page into the centre screen. Thumbnails of the pages that used to be on the right of the paper can now be found at the bottom of the screen, with the table of contents.

More information: Pressreader Help Centre, Pressreader videos, iOS user guide and for Android user guide.

If you have any questions about using the new Pressreader, please let us know at


7 thoughts on “PressReader – the new improved PressDisplay”

  1. can i upload pressrelease and view on my computer please? I have windows 10. If so where do I download

  2. once you’ve logged in and opened up a newspaper to view, a pop up sign in comes on and you have to pay now.

    1. Hi Joanne, thank you for reporting this. We’re experiencing an intermittent outage with PressReader, but we have logged this and it should be back online soon.

  3. Hi team – I use the ‘advanced search’ function a little bit in PressReader; it doesn’t seem to want to work within my Internet Explorer (v11) browser, but it works fine within Google Chrome (v49); maybe useful in case other users note this issue?

    1. Hi Dirk, thanks for this feedback. We have tried using the advanced search in IE11 and it seems to be working fine at our end. Can you explain further about what isn’t working for you? You can email us at or fill out a technical support form and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

  4. I enjoy reading PressReader through WCL website but would like to download the App. However WCL does not appear on the list of libraries when trying to access via a library card.

    1. Hi Margaret, you are correct that WCL does not appear to the list of options for library card authentication. You instead need to access PressReader via the mygateway pages on the library website and log in using your library card details. Once this login process is complete, you will have 48 hours of access before you need to log in again. Once you have logged in on the website, you will be authenticated to browse and read using the app, without selecting library card authentication from within the app. If you do want to sign in to PressReader so that you can save specific publications and set up notifications, you will need to create a PressReader account using your email address or Facebook login. If you have any further issues, please contact us via our technical support form and we will reply as soon as we can.

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