Newsworthy Online Resources To Keep You Informed

Keeping up with current events can be a challenge. A lot is happening in the world!

San Mateo County Libraries helps you stay up to date and well-informed on local, national and international news. Read the latest headlines and in-depth coverage with our free and reliable online resources. All you need to get started is your library card and PIN.

New York Times

The full edition of the New York Times online is now available through our complimentary, 72-hour unlimited access pass. All regular newspaper content dating from 1851 to the present is included, as well as photos and videos. Read in your browser or mobile app. Choose English, Spanish or Mandarin language versions.

While you're reading the latest New York Times news, don't forget to check out its Books, opens a new window section for book review inspiration for your next great read!

Get Started

1. Simply register for a free account while you're either:

2. Enjoy your 72-hour pass from anywhere by logging in with the same email and password entered during registration.

3. Activate a new pass after your 72-hour pass expires.

San Francisco Chronicle via NewsBank

We give you access to the full-color image version of the San Francisco Chronicle via the NewsBank newspaper database.

Simply log in to NewsBank with your library card. Select the San Francisco Chronicle Collection and choose the "Image" format.

You'll be able to flip through the pages, search within each issue and clip articles to download or print.

Local Newspapers via NewsBank

NewsBank also allows you to search current and archived issues of local newspapers to find full-text articles. Local newspaper coverage includes:

  • San Francisco Chronicle (1985-present)
  • San Jose Mercury News (1985-present)
  • San Mateo Daily Journal (2000-present)
  • San Mateo County Times (2001-2016)
  • Half Moon Bay Review (1997-present)
  • Pacifica Tribune (2003-present)

More NewsBank Features

Search multiple newspapers and news magazines at the same time. You'll find full-text articles on topics that interest you.

NewsBank also compiles Special Reports and Hot Topic search shortcuts to help you stay on top of key events of the moment. Daily Headlines and Lesson Plans are a valuable resource for teachers.

Our handy tutorial, opens a new window gives more tips on how to get the most out of NewsBank.

Newspaper Source Plus

Powered by EBSCOhost, Newspaper Source Plus is another newspaper database that enables you to search over 1,200 newspapers, newswires and news magazines for full-text articles.

Digital Newspaper Collection

Take a walk through time and get acquainted with fascinating local history. Browse digital image versions of old local newspapers. Our microfilm newspaper collection is now completely digitized and available as a Digital Newspaper Collection. Titles include:

Brisbane Bee (1979-1980)
Brisbane Bee-Democrat (1961-1979)
Coast Side Comet (1910-1923)
Half Moon Bay Review and Pescadero Pebble (1916-2015)


Need more history and background on a top news topic? Explore our streaming video resource Kanopy which includes films, The Great Courses titles and documentaries relevant to current events.

Learn how to get started with Kanopy by watching our step-by-step video tutorial, opens a new window.