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By Fiona Dixon, Librarian, Information Services | 21 August 2020

Series: Our favourite State Library eresources.

People often ask us what our most loved eresources are. Admittedly we all have a favourite, or two, or three. It’s hard to pick as there are so many wonderful State Library eresources available. In this series our Librarians and Library Technicians share with you their favourite eresources and how they’ve been used to solve research queries.

Next in the series we look at PressReader, a big favourite of Librarian Fiona Dixon.

So why is PressReader so fabulous?

PressReader is an incredible resource that will let you read a host of the most popular magazines, access world and regional newspapers and discover brand new publications covering your favourite subjects. You can access it for free from your mobile, computer or tablet and customise your reading experience – what’s not to love?

Best of all, you can access PressReader, online from home with your free State Library membership.

Image from PressReader database home page

Image from PressReader database home page.

What is available through PressReader?

PressReader includes nearly 6,000 newspapers and magazines from over 100 different countries in more than 60 languages.

If you love reading news, you can select from top international titles, such as The Washington Post, The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal, to regional newspapers from around Australia. 

If you prefer to escape from the news and indulge in hobbies, fashion, food, entertainment, homemaking, health, travel and culture, PressReader will keep you well supplied. This amazing resource gives you free access to your favourite magazines, including popular reads such as The Australian Women’s Weekly, Gourmet Traveller, House & Garden, Vogue and many more.

Whether you’re following your passion, planning (or dreaming of) your next holiday, or getting tips to improve your health and happiness, PressReader has it all.

Image from PressReader database Australian publications page

Image from PressReader database - Australian publications page.

How to use PressReader

To use PressReader through a web browser, simply open PressReader through State Library’s catalogue and navigate using the menu on the top left of the page. Browse or search by country, title, category, publication type or language. Your chosen publication appears on the screen just as it would in print, and you can scroll through the glossy pages, or navigate using a table of contents. For a quick overview, see our how-to-use PressReader video.

PressReader is easy to use on mobiles and tablets too, so you can take it with you and have something to read wherever you are. To download items and read them offline, first download the PressReader app from the App Store or Google Play. Click on the Sign in button on the app, then search for State Library of Queensland in the Library or Group list, and then click Sign in again. You will be prompted to sign in using your State Library username and password and then taken back into the app. You’ll get access to the app for 48-hours, after which you’ll need to log in again.

Join now and start searching PressReader.

Look out for the next blog in this series #FavouriteEresources


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