News, magazines and research

A range of current and historic newspapers, magazines, and access to academic research.

Reference Online is available 24 hours a day, all year round and contains information on a variety of subjects including music, biography, news and essential reference. All you need to do is enter your library membership number - the nine-digit number without spaces - after clicking on each title. If you are not already a member, you can join the library online.

See a full list of online resources.


Discover PressReader for unlimited access to over 7,000 of the world’s top newspapers and magazines, including The Economist, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The New York Times, Le Figaro, BBC Wildlife, What Car?, Hello!, Rolling Stone and Good Housekeeping. 

When you log in to PressReader using your library card, you will have access for 30 days. After this time, simply log out and back in again with your library card and PIN.

To read on a smartphone or tablet, download the PressReader app

Consult our PressReader sign-in guide (pdf format, 800KB) for detailed instructions on how to proceed.

Access PressReader at home or in libraries.

OverDrive magazines

OverDrive gives you free access to the latest magazines, including Time, Gardener’s World, Mojo, What Car? and Computer Active. Every title is provided in high-res format identical to those in the newsagents, available on your PC or through the Libby App.

Access OverDrive at home or in libraries


The full text of UK national newspapers and selected local and regional newspapers, including some Oxfordshire titles.

Coverage start dates vary for each title with some starting in the 1980s - and most continuing to the current edition. The Oxford Mail and Oxford Times coverage is 2007 to the current edition.

Access Newsbank at home or in libraries

Which? magazine

Product reviews and trusted independent advice on consumer issues.

Access Which? in libraries

Historical newspapers

British Newspaper Archive

You have free unlimited access to hundreds of national, regional and local newspapers in the BNA, dating from the 1700s-2000s, through any Oxfordshire Libraries computer.

First, you'll need to register (for free) by filling in the “Tell Us About You” form and then sign into your account each time you use it. It is worth signing up for notifications about new titles added and any extra years that have just been digitised.

Access in libraries only.

British Library Nineteenth Century Newspapers

Of great interest to local and family historians, this collection contains 71 regional and local newspapers (including Jackson's Oxford Journal) of nineteenth century Britain.

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The Times Digital Archive 1785-2019

The complete Times newspaper in facsimile. Fully searchable – a fascinating record of 200 years of world news coverage.

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Access to research

Free access to published research from academic journals and conference proceedings

The John Johnson Collection

This collection provides access to thousands of items selected from the John Johnson Collection of Printed Ephemera, offering unique insights into the changing nature of everyday life in Britain in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Categories include Nineteenth-Century Entertainment, the Booktrade, Popular Prints, Crimes, Murders and Executions, and Advertising.

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