How to read thousands of newspapers and magazines for free



Over recent months, I’ve not spent too much time reading ‘the news’. There’s a lot going on in the world and have found that on a day-to-day basis, ignorance is bliss, but I do want to dip my toe in the water every now and again.

I especially have no mental space right now for “breaking news” of events happening on the other side of the planet – just give me the well-researched summary after the event, which is why I was happy to find there is a digital way to read printed newspapers and magazine for free: your local library.

Deichman bibliotek, the municipal library that serves Oslo (Norway), gives you free digital access to over 7,000 newspapers and magazines from around the world, directly from your phone, tablet, or computer.

I have been informed that students of the University of Oslo can also access the same service using your student membership.

Whether you want to read the latest Aftenposten newspaper, go global with The Guardian, or catch up on what’s happening in the world of design with Wallpaper* magazine – you can read it all at zero cost!

How to access:

  • Log in to Deichman online
  • Scroll down on “Min side” and click on “Gå til PressReader”
  • You are taken to and should have access!

You can also download the PressReader app for iOS and Android and do a similar process on your digital devices. A full detailed guide on how to get started is on the Deichman guide to PressReader.

“But I don’t live in Oslo…”

Well, fortunately for you, you can most likely access the PressReader catalogue of newspapers and magazines for free through your local library or university.

PressReader has a HotSpot map which lists all the organisations on there that will give you full or restricted access.

A screenshot of PressReader's global HotSpot map. It's a map of the world with pins across almost all countries, listing the organisations that will give you free access to their service.

“But I don’t have a library card…”

Well, get one! Seriously.

A lot of libraries now offer many digital services; from free ebooks and audiobooks, to free music streaming and free movie streaming, in addition to the standard lending of physical books, movies, video games and music.

Oslo library even hosts classes to practice Norwegian, has a podcast studio, lets you borrow power tools or use their 3D printers.

It’s a great community resource and doesn’t cost you a thing to sign up!



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