Wellington City Libraries

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Newspapers are right at your fingertips through the following databases:


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. It comes with a number of options including a customisable home feed, searching, instant translation, and social options such as sharing, commenting and following other users. 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.
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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. (NB : the expiry time for your 24 hours access is given in US Eastern Time; an initial nytimes.com registration is required)
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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.
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General OneFile

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.
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Newspapers online

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 Mäori, 27% is bilingual and about 3% is written in English. There were three main types of niupepa published; government sponsored, Mäori initiated, and religious.
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The Daily Mail Historical Archive: (1896-2004)

As well as providing access to the regular edition of this newspaper the archive also contains the Atlantic Editions, printed on board the transatlantic cruise liners between 1923 and 1931.
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17-18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers

This is the largest single collection of 17th and 18th century English News media collected by Reverend Charles Burney (1757-1817). The 700 volumes of newspapers and news pamphlets were mainly published in London, however some English provincial newspapers are also represented.
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British Newspapers 1600-1950

A comprehensive range of national, regional and local British newspapers reflecting the social, political and cultural events of the times.
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19th century US Newspapers

This collection features full text content and images from numerous newspapers from a range of urban and rural regions from throughout the US. The collection encompasses the entire 19th century with an emphasis on topics such as the American Civil War, African - American culture and history, and Western migration.
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Times Digital Archive 1785-2010 / Sunday Times 1822-2006

These databases allow you to search and view every page published by The Times [London] from 1785-2010. 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.
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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.

Newspapers Pathfinder

For information on Wellington City Libraries' paper and microfiche newspaper collection, read our Newspaper Pathfinder.