The library offers access to thousands of newspapers and magazines from around the world, in more than fifty languages, through a subscription to NewspaperDirect. Participants in our adult summer reading program can earn a raffle ticket by trying NewspaperDirect, so if you’ve never tried it before, now is the time! Here are some tips for getting the most out of this service.
First, a word about getting in: you can link directly to NewspaperDirect from the Research & Learning menu at the top of any page on our website. If you are at the library, you will enter the site automatically; if not, you will be prompted to enter your library card number. On the home page, you will see scrolling global headlines, a feature called “The World in Pictures,” and quick links to papers that are popular in Lincolnwood.
Select from the thousands of available periodicals using lists sorted by language, country, or title. You can also search across publications, then limit results to a select date range, language, country, or author.
In NewspaperDirect, pages display exactly as they appear in the print publications. Use the toolbar at the bottom of the page to change the display (thumbnails or images only, one page at a time or facing pages). You might choose to browse using the Table of Contents, or simply flip through the virtual pages by clicking the page corners, then clicking anywhere on a page to zoom in.
When you see an article of interest, click directly on its headline to open it in text view (available for almost all publications). Then you may adjust the text size, share the article via social media or email, translate it, or listen to an audio version. (The audio recordings may be particularly useful for language students.) Other article features include links to related stories, a rating system, a comments field, and print commands.
Within a publication, search older issues using the blue Calendar button next to the title. Availability ranges from three months to just three days, but most publications offer access to the past sixty to ninety days. Give NewspaperDirect a try, and when you check in for your extra raffle ticket, let us know what you think!
Need some help? Download our user guide, or give us a call at (847) 677-5277 x230.