You can now read thousands of magazines and papers online for free with Explore York – here’s how

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18 Apr 2020 @ 12.53 am
| Entertainment

Anyone with a library card can now read thousands of magazines and newspapers for free.

As we reported earlier in the week, York Explore has subscribed to Press Reader – a service that offers access to more than 7,000 newspapers and magazines from all over the world.

Now that subscription is active – here’s how to take it up.

Step by step

Download the PressReader app from your app store, or just visit the website in your internet browser 

Click “Sign in” then click “Libraries and Groups” and select “Explore York Libraries and Archives…” from the list by searching for “Explore” or “York”

Enter your library card number from the back of your card and click sign in (this is your card number starting with a Y).

Press Reader will ask for your email address, a password and your name to set up an account. Remember the password because you’ll need this again in 30 days.  Also on this screen you can browse the terms and privacy policy.  

Then tap sign in at the bottom. That’s it, you’re signed in.  Click “select publication” to start browsing.

After 30 days you’ll need to log in again with your email address and password.

Here are some special features to look out for as you use PressReader:

  • Automatic translation into other languages
  • Audio narration
  • Download articles for offline reading via the app
  • Back issues.  The publications usually have a few back issues listed beneath the current edition.

E-books and e-audiobooks Explore also has new e-books and e-audiobooks and these are all free to borrow – it’s simple and easy to use. 

To borrow ebooks visit:

To borrow e-audiobooks visit