FREE Access to Newspaper Archives

I’ve gritted my teeth in anger at the Statesman Journal when trying to access their archives, only to see that their articles are not free. Really? The Statesman Journal has the audacity to charge for archived info? Newspapers for generations have been a great source for historic research and I would think that the Statesman would want to have their content accessible for free. Even the New York Times and The Oregonian have a bulk of their archives searchable for free. Being the cheapskate that I am, I’ve never paid the SJ and instead have told myself if it’s that important, I should just go to the library for the info. Well, I guess I’ve never found an article that important or maybe I should just say I’m as lazy as I am cheap.

But today I learned something that I’m so darn excited to share! Everyone who owns a library card through the Salem Public Library can access this info for FREE! That’s right! No need to pay for something that should be free. This is just another lovely service the library offers us free of charge….Hugs to you Salem Public Library for allowing access to EVERYONE!

Now let me walk you through how you can search for free too!
1. Visit the Salem Public Library’s Website and scroll to the bottom of the page. Click on “Do research using our database”.

2. Scroll to you get to the “Newspaper Archives” section and click on your newspaper of choice.

3. Enter your entire library card number found on the back of your library card and then click “Log in”. Congrats, you will be directed to a searchable database FOR FREE!


Join the discussion and tell us your opinion.

April 15, 2009 at 1:18 pm


Three cheers for the Library and continued admiration for my friend who always teaches me something new.

Thanks Jessica!!

April 15, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Now that is a great blog post. Good work, Jessica.

April 15, 2009 at 2:23 pm

My friend rocks! You are so resourceful and thanks for sharing your tips. Your blog makes my day!

Jessica Ramey Designs
April 15, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Funny that you say that Emily since one of your smart readers, Annalea, of Desperately Seeking Salem
was the person who tipped me off to this. Not only do I enjoy your intelligent perspective of Salem in your blog, but I reap the benefits of your readers. Not that’s great!

April 15, 2009 at 3:20 pm

I love reading your blog! Always so informative. Keep up the great work.

Jessica Ramey Designs
April 15, 2009 at 3:25 pm

oops, I need an editor!
“Not that’s great!” should read “Now that’s great!”

April 16, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Great info, and the Salem library does rock–but we should all be concerned about impending huge budget cuts, much of which will be taken from the library budget. Yikes!

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