How the Library brings today’s news to your fingertips

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Written by Ann Driscoll, Senior Library Services Assistant, Downtown Main Library

According to a 2018 study by Pew Research Center, an increasing number of Americans are getting their news from online sources like social media and news websites. However, many of these outlets require a monthly or annual subscription fee. Here at the Library, we meet this rising demand for free by providing digital access to numerous current-issue newspapers and magazines. We do this through a variety of platforms, from databases like Proquest, opens a new window, to online subscriptions for the publications themselves, to digital magazine services like RBDigital, opens a new window. Although some sources require creating a username/password, for most, you'll just need your Library card number and pin. 

Here are some direct links to popular national and local newspapers for your convenience:

•    New York Times, opens a new window (Username and password required, see instructions here, opens a new windowcurrently has paywall lifted
•    Wall Street Journal, opens a new window (Full-text link via Proquest) currently has paywall lifted
•    Washington Post, opens a new window (Full-text link via Proquest)
•    Cincinnati Enquirer, opens a new window (Full-text link via Proquest)
•    Cincinnati Business Courier , opens a new window(link to online edition)

In addition to newspapers, we provide digitized, up-to-date access to periodicals, news-related or not, that rank among the most popular in America:

•    Newsweek, opens a new window (Available through RBDigital*)
•    People Magazine, opens a new window (Full PDF articles through EBSCO)
•    National Geographic, opens a new window (Available through RBDigital / Archive 1888-1994, opens a new window)
•    Good Housekeeping, opens a new window (Full PDF articles through RBDigital)
•    Consumer Reports, opens a new window (Full PDF articles through EBSCO)

There are two ways to search through our collection of digital newspapers and magazines. The first is to simply visit our eBranch, opens a new window. The second is to follow these steps: 

1. Go to the Magazines and Newspapers, opens a new window page on the Cincinnati Library website. 

2. Click on the last link that says “Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County: Electronic Journals, opens a new window.”
3. Enter the title of the magazine or newspaper in the search field below the text, “Find e-journals by title…”
4. From the results, select the link that corresponds to the dates and specific editions you’re interested in. For example, if you are interested in current-issues of Dayton Daily News, click on “Newspaper Source” because the dates that are listed indicate “to present.” 

If print is still your preference, the Library has that too. On the floor of the Information and Reference (IRF) Department at the Downtown Main Library, we have nearly 500 magazines and nearly 50 newspapers. Over ten thousand magazines and newspapers are also archived as bound physical copies and/or microfilm. (Microfilm readers are those analog machines you often see detectives using in crime thrillers from the 80s and 90s). We have four analog machines right here in our research stations in IRF. They are connected to computers so you can easily scan and save documents.

Navigating the complex information environment can be overwhelming. Through a variety of formats, the Library's collection of magazines and newspapers empowers you to discover, discern, and access news and other topical information. 

To explore our newspaper and periodicals or if you have questions accessing them, please visit us at the Downtown Main Library or contact Information and Reference at 513-369-6900 or

*periodicals available through RBDigital are accessible via both web browsers and the RBDigital Mobile App, which is downloadable. RBDigital requires registration with a username and password.

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