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Continue using PressReader after you leave the library

PressReader offers offsite access to the platform, courtesy of the library or institution. That means, members of your library can use PressReader after leaving the premise for a predetermined period of time. Usually for 24 hours before they need to re-authenticate again. If you would like to offer a longer period of offsite access (radiant hours) please contact your representing sales representative.

How this works

1. Access through wifi connection

If users visit your library and connect their personal device to the wifi network, they will be able to use PressReader after leaving the premise for an extended period. The radiant (extended) access is dependent on your library's subscription.

 2. Access through library's website

Libraries with a login page on their website use a URL referrer to authenticate patrons, This option redirects users to As the redirect is through a link, we recommend this method for browser use only.



3. Access through SIP2 protocol

If you have SIP2 set up for authenticating patrons, they can visit or launch PressReader App anywhere to access unlimited content on our platform. Once the timer runs out, simply sign in with their library card credentials again.

1. Launch PressReader App


2. Select which library HotSpot you would like to access and enter your library card credentials


 For more information on our authentication methods, please click here.

Request Titles

If you don't see a specific title (click here for search tips), then you can request it from our team by completing the form below.

What's your name?

What's your email address?

What library are you from?

What title(s) would you like to request?

Publication type:


Missing Titles & Issues

Missing titles and issues may occur for a number of reasons.

1. The publisher does not publish on a specific day of the week.

For example, Times Colonist newspaper does not publish on Mondays. This trend is evident on the publication calendar.

2. The title is restricted for your library or region. PressReader does not control distribution of publications. It is up to the publisher or institution to determine if they would like to restrict specific titles to various locations or audiences. This may be due to sensitivity of a title's content or simply does not align with a publisher's distribution strategy.

Back Issues

Depending on your PressReader subscription, libraries and institutions generally have 90 days of back issues. There are however, restrictions that are set by specific publishers on how far back issues are available. PressReader also provides a premium subscription with up to 1 year of back issues. To upgrade your library subscription, please contact your sales agent.

Clear browser cache and cookies

In most computer-based web browsers, to open menus used to clear your cache, cookies, and history, press Ctrl-Shift-Delete (Windows) or Command-Shift-Delete (Mac). If this doesn't work, follow the appropriate instructions below.


  1. In the address bar, enter:
  2. Select the following:
    • Cookies and other site and plug-in data
    • Cached images and files

    From the Obliterate the following items from: drop-down menu, you can choose the period of time for which you want to clear cached information. To clear your entire cache, select the beginning of time.

  3. Click Clear browsing data.
  4. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.


  1. From the History menu, select Clear Recent History.

    If the menu bar is hidden, press Alt to make it visible.

  2. From the Time range to clear: drop-down menu, select the desired range; to clear your entire cache, select Everything.
  3. Next to "Details", click the down arrow to choose which elements of the history to clear; to clear your entire cache, select all items.
  4. Click Clear Now.
  5. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.

Internet Explorer 9 and higher

  1. Select Tools (via Gear Icon) > Safety > Delete browsing history....

    If the menu bar is hidden, press Alt to make it visible.

  2. Deselect Preserve Favorites website data, and select:
    • Temporary Internet files or Temporary Internet files and website files
    • Cookies or Cookies and website data
    • History
  3. Click Delete. You will see a confirmation at the bottom of the window when the process is complete.
  4. Exit/quit all browser windows and re-open the browser.

Customize Welcome Message

PressReader welcome message is the first thing patrons will be greeted with once they connect to your HotSpot. You can tailor this message to feature any upcoming events, announcements, or introduce their sponsored access to PressReader.

To customize your welcome message,

1. Log in to PressReader HUB

2. Select 'HotSpot - Notifications'

Ensure 'Enable notifications' is checked.

Locale default set to 'Neutral'


The mandatory fields are: Welcome Message Title and Download Message. You can also upload a logo, image file (JPEG, PNG) no larger than 500x500 pixels. Here are some suggested messages you can use.

  • Welcome to [Library]. Read or download your favorite titles via PressReader.
  • Enjoy unlimited access to PressReader at [Library]. If you wish to take PressReader on the go, download the app and connect to our wifi network for 24 hours extended access.
  • Courtesy of [Library], enjoy 24 hours gifted access to PressReader. Read and download your favorite publications to PressReader mobile application.
  • You have successful connected to [Library]'s PressReader subscription! Enjoy unlimited access or 24 hours offsite access before signing in again.

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