Our collection of newspapers — current and historical — covers local and national publications, plus the Australian Financial Review. You can read paper copies of some newspapers and get online access to thousands more. This page provides links to help you explore our newspaper collections.
See our newspaper holdings page for information about which libraries hold which titles.
Christchurch City Libraries has been reviewing its newspaper holdings and the availability of physical copies of some newspapers in some community libraries has changed. Please contact us or search our catalogue before you make a special trip.
What has happened?
As a network we will hold:
- A selection of New Zealand daily newspapers, with its main focus on Christchurch.
- A comprehensive South Island coverage.
- A North Island representation.
- Eventually the new Central Library will have a specialist newspaper collection.
- Overseas newspapers (with the exception of the Australian Financial Review) will be provided in electronic format only via free internet access to PressDisplay and individual publication websites.
How long do we keep newspapers?
Newspapers are kept in Community Libraries for 3 months. Historical copies of The Press and The Star are available on microfilm at Central Manchester. Please search the catalogue or contact us for more information about a specific title.
Newspapers from around the country may be retained in the public library of the place of publication e.g. The Dominion Post is retained by the Wellington Public Library. Copies of articles may be available by inter-library loan or online (see above).
Access newspapers online
Digital versions of most New Zealand and overseas newspapers are available online. As well as the various New Zealand newspaper websites, our eResources include many New Zealand newspapers.
Use at a library or enter your library card & password / PIN.
- PressDisplay has full-page replicas of current print editions, including editorial content, graphics and advertising. Most major New Zealand dailies are available, including their special publications. Back issues are available for up to ninety days; stories and pages can be printed, saved or emailed.
- Australia & New Zealand Newsstream
- Access to New Zealand and Australian newspaper articles and newswire stories
- Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre Plus
- Leading Australian, New Zealand and international periodicals in full text, reference books, biographies and images.
Printing and photocopying newspapers
Single paper copies of newspapers can be photocopied. Bound newspapers cannot be photocopied. Microprints, which are like photocopies, can be taken from the microfilm on reader-printers.
Finding a specific title
The best way to find out if we have a specific newspaper is to contact us.