Our collection of newspapers — current and historical — covers local and national publications. 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.

Photo of newspapers at Central Library Manchester

See our newspaper holdings page to find the titles our libraries hold.

We have:

  • A selection of New Zealand daily newspapers, with a focus on Christchurch.
  • A comprehensive South Island coverage.
  • A representative selection of North Island newspapers.

Overseas newspapers will be provided in electronic format only via free internet access to PressReader and individual publication websites.

How long do we keep newspapers?

Newspapers are held for one month. Historical copies of The Press and The Star are available on microfilm on Tuakiri | Identity, Level 2,Tūranga. Search the catalogue or contact us for more information about a specific title.

Access newspapers online

Digital versions of most New Zealand and overseas newspapers are available online. Our eResources include many New Zealand newspapers. Use at a library or enter your library card and password / PIN.

NewsBank – Access New Zealand

NewsBank - Access New Zealand is the largest online collection of national, regional, rural, and local news sources with 140+ New Zealand titles and full page image editions of 6 major New Zealand papers including The New Zealand HeraldThe PressThe Dominion Post, Sunday Star Times, Waikato Times, and The Otago Daily Times. It also offers searchable text-based access to newspaper articles from as early as 1994 to the present day.


PressReader 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 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.

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