Browse the Financial Times Online with Your Library Card!

Read international business and financial news with your library card! San Mateo County Libraries members now get access to a collection of 1.4 million articles via the online version of The Financial Times, from 2005 to tomorrow morning. The Financial Times is an international daily newspaper, available both in print and online (, that focuses on business and economic current affairs.  

How to Access through SMCL 

To get full access to the Financial Times Online, you must access it from our online resources. If you’re not already logged into, you will be promoted to log in with your library card number and PIN on our site. After you’ve logged in, you’ll be redirected to’s homepage through our access link.  

From the homepage, you can click into any of the front-page articles directly. You can also use the menu at the top of the page, or the hamburger menu on the left, to navigate to a specific section of It is here that you can also switch between International and UK editions of  

Financial News and Beyond 

Based in London, England, the newspaper has a prominent focus on financial journalism and economic analysis. The Financial Times also has a New York City-based office with extensive U.S. coverage in the International edition. also provides coverage on other news areas, from the arts to the environment.’s Tech section covers all topics from cryptocurrency and gaming to hardware developments and tech industry news from an international angle. has a dedicated Climate Capital hub, accessible under Climate on the menus. This section focuses on how corporations are responding to climate change. The Life & Arts section has book and movie reviews, features on food, recipes  and articles on artists and cultural figures from around the world. The Work & Careers section offers guidance for employees and entrepreneurs. 

In the Markets Data section, while keeping up with the world’s financial data, you can also download PDF copies of reports. These are available from the Data Archive section. Finally, all of’s podcasts are included in SMCL’s subscription.  

What’s Different 

There are a few features not included with the public library version of You won’t be able to save articles or create a personalized feed of news as you would with the paid subscription. You will be able to read comments but not leave them. And finally, certain reports are not available with the library subscription.  

Check out our full collection of online newspapers, including New York Times Online and the Wall Street Journal Online