News Sources


Hastings District Libraries subscribe to newspapers in various formats:

  • Print
  • Microfilm
  • Online Databases

At Hastings War Memorial Library we hold Hawke's Bay Today for six months in print and previous years on microfilm.  Please ask at the issues desk to access these.  

Print copies of newspapers are held for varying lengths of time.  Please ask at the desk.

News Databases

Databases provide access to a huge range of full text New Zealand and international journal and newspaper articles.

Our main news databases are:

  • PressReader (access in the library only) latest edition, full colour, full page format access to thousands of newspapers, both international & New Zealand
  • Australia / New Zealand Reference Centre (access in the library or from home)
  • Academic OneFile (access in the library or from home)
  • Masterfile Premier(access in the library or from home) 
  • Newztext (access in the library only) Fully searchable, full text articles from most NZ newspapers, including HB Today (2008 to present)
  • Index New Zealand (access in the library or from home)
    Not full text.  Search for articles in New Zealand newspaper by using indexes amd abstracts

Papers Past

Digitised historic newspapers

Papers Past contains more than one million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals.

The collection covers the years 1839 to 1945 and includes 77 publications from all regions of New Zealand.

Search full text at

A useful tool for family history research or for anyone keen on our history.  Even the advertisements are interesting.


Library Access

Access from library only

PressReader is here!  Access to thousands of newspapers from around the world in full colour, full page format.

Read the latest editions of international, national and local newspapers.  Browse articles, pictures, notices, advertisements and classifieds.

International newspapers include The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age (Melbourne), The Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the big UK dailies, Le Figaro, le Monde and hundreds more...

Papers are available for 60 days from publication and are fully searchable. Has print, email, translation and audio options.

There is good coverage of New Zealand newspapers...

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