Getting Started with PressReader

PressReader provides online access to newspapers and magazines from over 140 countries in over 60 languages.

PressReader carries newspapers such as Toronto Star, Toronto Sun and National Post as well as magazines such as Newsweek, Canadian Living and Elle Canada. The Globe and Mail is available, but access is restricted to the computers available in library branches.

What you need

Create a PressReader account

A PressReader account is required if you want to save personalized settings, share articles and download newspapers and magazines for offline reading through the app. It is not required to read online using your computer or device's browser.

PressReader is a third-party service that is governed by its own privacy policy and practices. We recommend that you consult PressReader's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy before agreeing to use this service.

To create an account:

  1. Go to tpl.ca/pressreader and sign in using your library card number and PIN.
  2. Close the PressReader pop-up message.
  3. Select the Sign In button near the upper right of the webpage.
  4. In the "Welcome to PressReader" form, enter your email address, password and name. Please note: If you subscribe to channels, the name you enter will be publicly displayed. You may wish to use initials or a nickname. You can change your name anytime in your account settings.
  5. Read the PressReader Terms of Use and Privacy Policy then click Create my account.

Read on a desktop computer or phone or tablet (using the browser)

  1. Access PressReader from a computer or through a browser on your phone or tablet by entering your valid Toronto Public Library card number and PIN.
  2. Sign in to PressReader using your email address and password that you used when you created your account. Your name should display at the top right instead of the words Sign In.
  3. Search collections or browse by country, language, publication type or category (subject).
  4. Click on a publication's cover and then on Read now. If back issues are available, access them by clicking on date of the current issue. Most publishers permit issues of their publications to be available for 90 days.
  5. Use the navigation bar at the bottom of the screen to move between the pages and sections. Switch to Text View for easier reading.
  6. Click on the three dots in the upper right-hand corner to access more tools such as translation, screen reader, accessibility mode, fonts and more.

Download Newspapers and Magazines to Read Offline on a Phone or Tablet

  1. Sign in to PressReader through tpl.ca/pressreader and sign into your PressReader account.
  2. Download and install the latest iOS or Android PressReader app on your device.
  3. Open the PressReader app and tap on Accounts. Tap on Sign in. Tap on Email and sign in using the email address and password used when you created your PressReader account.
  4. A "PressReader Hotspot" notice may appear on your screen. If not, look for the green teacup in the Browse section of the app to confirm that the 1 day and 23 hour complimentary access is active.
  5. Search for publications or stories or browse by country, language, publication type or category (subject).
  6. Tap on the cover to choose a publication. Click on Read to download the publication and begin reading. If back issues are available, they will appear to the right of the current issue. Most publishers permit issues of their publications to be available for 90 days.
  7. Tap on the Downloaded section of the app to find publications downloaded previously.
  8. Tap on the highlighted title of an article to open in Text View. Tap in the centre of the screen to access the toolbar. The toolbar provides to access text view, screen reader, bookmark and other settings and tools.
  9. Once the complimentary access has expired, sign in to tpl.ca/pressreader with your library card number and your PressReader account on your device's browser to begin another 1 day and 23 hour complimentary access period.

Most publications will remain in your collection if you have not chosen a specific auto-removal option through PressReader's settings. A small number of publishers have placed offline storage limits on specific publications. These publications will be automatically removed from your downloaded collection after a period of time.

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