Access news online for free with your library card

When Robert Kelly (pictured above with his grandsons) was working in the software industry, he subscribed widely to magazines and newspapers from around the country.

“I like to be able to read a lot,” he told us. “Because there’s so much going on in the world, I like to have a variety of opinions.”

After he retired, however, the cost of all those subscriptions really started to add up.

How to not ‘pay an arm and a leg’

At the library, we are committed to preparing people for continuously changing technology. Among other things, we offer free printing, digital learning workshops, and a new Creative Studio.

We also provide one-on-one tech help. This spring, Mr. Kelly attended a Tech Help Drop-In workshop and learned how to access the newspapers and magazines he likes for free with his library card.

“It really hit the spot for me,” he told us. “I can continue to read the authors and articles I like and not have to pay an arm and a leg.”

Read digital newspapers and magazines

With his library card, Mr. Kelly is now able to get full website access to The Washington Post and The New York Times (now including The Athletic and NYT Cooking). He uses PressReader to keep up with the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. And he reads The Atlantic on Flipster.

Mr. Kelly said he now even prefers to read digital versions, on either his laptop or smartphone.

One reason: “I don’t have to hold a newspaper in my hand, start on page 1 and have to go to page 25 to finish the article.”