Accessing the Harvard Business Review

The Harvard Business Review (HBR) has long been a popular business magazine.

Wellington City Libraries offers HBR in both hard copy (magazine) format and online via our databases.

In this blog we will show you how to access both.  All you need is a current Wellington City Libraries registration.

HBR as a hard copy magazine

Magazines (published bi-monthly) are held at the Te Awe Brandon Street branch of Wellington City Libraries and displayed with the magazines on the ground floor.


Only copies for the current year are held in the library but the last ten years of magazines are held in our storage facililty.  To request an older issue not held at Te Awe all you need to do is bring up the record for the HBR record on the catalogue and then click on the red [Place Reserve] button. Log in using your library card number and password, then click which issues you would like to see.  


Click on the issues you would like to see and select the branch most convenient for you to pick up from.  Submit your request and your chosen items will then be dispatched.  An email will be sent to tell you when they have arrived (usually within 48 hours).  There is no charge for this service but a 50c charge for each magazine borrowed and the loan period is for a week.  

HBR online

The Harvard Business Review is available fulltext online via Business Source Premier.

Business Source Premier is a business research database offering information in nearly every area of business including management, economics, finance, accounting and international business.

It can be accessed here.

Sign in with your library card number and pin.  You will then see a page that looks like :


You can then proceed to search in several different ways.

1.  Along the top menu is an option for Publications.  This provides a full list of all the publications indexed in this database.  Enter Harvard Business Review into the search box and you will get a screen that looks like : 


Select the Harvard Business Review option and you will then be taken to a screen that breaks down the entries into years.  Make your selection for a particular issue from the listing on the right hand side.


A full listing of all the articles will appear with the option to open as HTML full text (plain) or pdf (as it appears in the magazine).  You can also select and email articles to yourself.


2.  The second way to search is if you know a title of an article or are looking for works by a particular author.

Return to the first search screen.

If you are looking for HBR articles on burnout, for example, enter burnout into the first box and select “Title” from the dropdown menu.  In the second box enter “Harvard Business Review” and then select Source from the drop down menu.  This will then give you a list of article published in the HBR with burnout in the title.  You can use other features on this screen to narrow or expand your search.



From here you can either read selected article from the list or add them to a folder to email to yourself.


You can also keep up to date with new content at Harvard Business Review – Ideas and Advice for Leaders (  

The HBR site offers a range of newsletters that can be freely subscribed to.  This will draw attention to new content.  Social media options are also available.

If you would like further information please contact the Prosearch team at the library. We can help you find information across a range of perspectives and resources. All enquiries are treated in confidence.


Business magazines via online platforms

Wellington City Libraries online collection offers 24/7 access to a range of business and current affairs magazines and daily newspapers.  Most are available through online platforms like Libby or Pressreader.
All you need to access them is a library registration.  

Here’s some that might be of interest:

New Zealand titles

NZBusiness + Management Magazine (NZ, two monthly, Libby)
A digital version of two magazines offering a feast of information, inspiration and education for business leaders from SMEs through to corporate

NZ Entrepreneur Magazine (NZ, Online)
“New Zealand’s online magazine for entrepreneurs, startups and SME business builders” 

New Zealand Listener (NZ, weekly, PressReader)
NZ current affairs magazine

NZ Marketing (NZ, two monthly, Libby)
NZ Marketing magazine provides essential marketing intelligence. It is New Zealand’s only publication targeted specifically to marketing oriented executives 

Freelancer magazine (UK, 3 monthly.  Available on Libby)
The business magazine for B2B and creative freelancers. Stories and strategies to keep you connected.

MIT Sloan management review (USA, quarterly, Libby)
Disseminating new management research and innovative ideas

This is only a few of the popular titles.  There’s something for everyone so log in and start looking.

If you need more information please contact the Prosearch team at the library.  We can help you find information across a range of perspectives and resources.  All enquiries are treated in confidence.