CPL offers digital newspaper collection


The Columbus Public Library provides access to a large collection of digital newspapers. Entitled Access World News, this collection is available to all library patrons and is updated daily. Access World News provides online access to current and archived issues of full-text newspapers, including the Lincoln Journal Star, Grand Island Independent, and USA Today.

On the Digital Library page, users can access full text articles for the Columbus Telegram archive collection from 1999 to present. The Omaha World Herald Archives is also available in text from 1983 to 2021, and image format from 2018 onwards.

Access World News enables library patrons to easily search and browse current and archived news articles, editorials, reviews, birth and marriage announcements, obituaries, and a variety of special sections. Patrons can use this resource as a general reference or to research local and national issues, events, people, government, education, arts, business, sports, real estate, and much more. In addition to using Access World News at library workstations, patrons can access the collection from home by logging in with their library card at www.cplconnect.us.

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Access World News, the Columbus Telegram Archive, and the Omaha World Herald Archive are some of the resources provided by NewsBank, the world’s premier provider of newspapers and other online news sources. NewsBank has been serving public libraries for more than 45 years, providing online access to more than 12,000 titles from the United States and other countries around the world.

For library users who have not used NewsBank products before, there is a tutorial to help you get started in the library’s Niche Academy. Wherever Internet access is available, library patrons can learn how to log into Access World News, perform a basic or advanced search, and browse by topic. This tutorial explains how to preview, save, and print articles.

Niche Academy has tutorials for almost all online resources offered by CPL. Learn how to get started with Libby to check out ebooks, digital audiobooks, magazines, and videos. Watch Hoopla Digital’s tutorial to get the most out of this collection of eBooks, audios, and comics, as well as streaming video and music. Niche Academy’s tutorial for Libby and hoopla is tailored to the type of content you’re interested in as well as the type of device you’re using.

Lessons are not the only way to learn about the library’s digital collections. Library staff will be happy to help you troubleshoot any issues you may encounter while using the digital library. For help with your device or our resources, visit 2419 14th Street on Tuesday afternoons from 2-4 p.m. for one-on-one assistance. Librarian appointments are also available at other times throughout the week.

Internet access and your library card are all you need to access a world of information. Library cards are free for those who live, work, or go to school within Columbus city limits. Digital library cards are also available to those who do not qualify for a borrower’s card.

For more information about Access World News, technical assistance, obtaining a library card, or any other library service, contact us by stopping by, calling 402-564-7116 Option 2, or visiting www.cplconnect.us.

Rachel McPhillips is a Librarian for Adult Services at the Columbus Public Library.