Newspapers and magazines


Burnaby Matters is an historical index to Burnaby newspapers dating back to 1935 and Municipal Manager's Reports to Council dating back to 1964. It provides citations only. Please ask at the Metrotown second-floor information desk for access to these articles and documents. For a list of newspapers included in Burnaby Matters, see Burnaby Historical Newspapers [PDF].


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Access the full text of nearly 300 national and regional Canadian newspapers, including The Globe and MailBurnaby Now, Burnaby News Leader, Vancouver Sun, and Province. Includes the complete available electronic backfile for most newspapers, providing full access to the articles, columns, editorials, and features. Some backfiles date as far back as the late 1970s and 1980s. Canadian Newsstream content is updated daily.


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Full-text of more than 1,500 Chinese-language humanities journals and popular magazines from mainland China, in both traditional and simplified characters. The collection includes titles focused on current affairs, politics, financial management, literature and art, history and society, science education, family life, sports, health, fashion and leisure.


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MasterFILE Premier contains full text for nearly 1,700 periodicals in a broad range of disciplines, including general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and more. This database also contains the full text for more than 500 reference books and 100,000 primary source documents, and includes an image collection of more than 500,000 photos, maps and flags.


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Points to the Past provides access to primary source historical material, including maps, photos, newspapers, manuscripts, pamphlets, portraits, sermons and poems for research, teaching and learning. Includes titles from the Smithsonian, publications and archives of the Royal Institute of International Affairs, documents from the Slavery and Anti-Slavery Transnational Archive, treatises, state papers, declassified documents, British literary manuscripts and more.


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PressReader provides access to over 6,000 publications (newspapers and magazines), in over 60 languages from 100 countries. The platform can support unlimited, simultaneous users.

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Note: The Globe and Mail changed its license with PressReader and is available in-library only as of August 2018.


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A platform offering over 14,000 downloadable audiobooks, 185 classic e-books and over 3,200 magazines (including over 750 in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish). Download titles to a mobile device using the RBdigital app, or stream on your computer. Access RBdigital through a browser first to sign up for an account before using the app.

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Community newspapers

Publishes 50 community newspapers throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island, and the BC Interior.  Classified advertisements from these newspapers can be searched at BC

Local Burnaby paper, published twice weekly.   Includes searchable online classifieds.

Community newspaper serving Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Anmore & Belcarra, with online searchable classified advertisements available at Classifieds.

Vancouver's premiere entertainment weekly.

Publishes 12 Lower Mainland community newspapers, with searchable online classified advertisements.

BC dailies

Directory of web links to all BC newspapers available online.

Contains all the historic issues of the British Colonist (also called The Daily British Colonist, the Daily Colonist, and other variants) from its first issue in 1858 to June of 1910.  Published in Victoria, this was the leading paper in the colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia, and was the paper of record for the province of British Columbia until the emergence of Vancouver and competitors in the 1890s.

Major Vancouver daily paper, with searchable, online classified advertisements. Historic copies from March 1894-present are available on microfilm at the Metrotown branch.

"Swimming upstream against the media trends of our day", BC's independent online news magazine is dedicated to publishing lively, informative news and views.

Major Vancouver daily paper, with searchable online classified advertisements.  Historic copies from February 1912-present are available at the Metrotown branch.

Major Victoria/Vancouver Island daily paper, with searchable online classified advertisements.  Historic editions available via The British Colonist (1858-1910) listed above, or on microfilm at the Metrotown branch (1858-1914).

Chinese language

Major Chinese-language daily paper for Vancouver.

Major Chinese-language daily paper for Vancouver.

Major Chinese-language daily paper for Vancouver.

Major Chinese-language daily paper for Vancouver.


Canada's largest full-text dedicated wire network, distributing more than 70,000 news releases every year.  Also available en francais.

Directory of links to all Canadian newspapers available online, from the Canadian Newspaper Association.

Canada's major, weekly news and current affairs magazine for more than 100 years.  Selective archive available online.

Major Canadian daily newspaper with emphasis on business and financial news.  Historic copies of the Financial Post (1907-1998)/National Post (1998-) from 1968-present are available at the Metrotown branch.

Major Canadian daily newspaper, founded in 1844.  Historic copies from 1977-present are available at the Metrotown branch.


Provides thought-provoking news and features published in the 131 papers from across North America that belong to the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies

Up-to-the-minute news coverage from around the world in 32 languages, with audio and video content.  In-depth analysis on major topics and background Country Profiles with the latest economic, political and geographic facts and figures.

Articles and other resources about the latest developments in the newspaper and online news industries around the world.

The Guardian's picks from the best new stories around the world, as they happen.

Links to specific newspapers from around the world, with details of any archives that are available online for their articles.

One of the world's premiere newspapers, with a searchable archive back to 1981.

Publishes high quality news analysis, debates and blogs about the world and the way we govern ourselves.

Venerable UK paper along with the Sunday Times and the Times Literary Supplement.  Searchable archive back to 1785 requires paid access.

Presents and distributes up-to-the-minute news, sport, business and entertainment from around the globe, in up to 49 languages.  Includes radio and video news feeds, plus daily photographs from around the world.

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