Physical magazines (including current issues) are now available for checkout. To browse available physical options, search the catalog.

Want to know if we have a magazine or journal? Search the library’s entire periodical collection at once to find magazines and journals in print and electronic formats, with access to full-text material.

Digital magazine apps

Borrow magazines and newspapers with apps available for all of your devices.

  • Flipster: 29 current subscriptions to popular magazines.
  • PressReader: Access more than 7,000 publications from around the world, in their original language and format.

Digital newspapers

In an effort to keep our patrons and staff safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, physical newspapers are unavailable at the Main Library. Read more about our plans »

Check out these newspapers and databases available through the library digitally:

Browse current issues

  • Chicago Sun-Times: Full-text coverage from 1986 to present.
  • Chicago Tribune: Full-text coverage from 1849 to present.
  • The New York Times: Find breaking news, multimedia, reviews and opinion on Washington, business, sports, movies, travel, books, jobs, education, real estate, and more. You must be 13 years or older to use this service. Users under 18 need parent or legal guardian permission to sign up.
  • Oak Leaves: Full-text articles from this weekly local paper from 1995 to present.
  • Wednesday Journal of Oak Park: Full-text articles from this weekly local paper from 2001 to present.

Search databases

With current issues:

  • New! Global Newsstream: The most recent global news content, as well as archives that stretch back into the 1980s, featuring content from newspapers, newswires, and news sites—including Barron’s, Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, Daily Herald, Financial Times, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, and more—in active full-text format.
  • NewsBank Chicago: Search multiple Chicagoland newspapers at the same time, including the Chicago Sun-Times, Oak Leaves, and Wednesday Journal.
  • Newspaper Source Plus: Full-text collection of major news content, including newspapers, magazines, newswires, and news transcripts of television and radio.
  • PressReader: Access more than 7,000 publications from around the world, in their original language and format.

Historical archives:

  • Chicago Tribune: Full-text with PDFs of the pages from the original papers from 1849 to 1997.
  • New! Historical US Major Dailies: Historical newspaper collection (covering 1849-2016)—including the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post—with easily-searchable first-hand accounts and coverage of the politics, society, and events of the time.
  • NewspaperARCHIVE: Access to historical issues of hundreds of Illinois newspapers, including Oak Leaves (1902-1977), with searchable articles, advertisements, editorials, classified ads, and obituaries.

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