Fall River Public Library
Magazines and Newspapers
Did you know that you can get online access to current and past magazines and newspapers 24/7 from your home or school computer? All you need is a library card to use these resources from home. You can also access them at the library, and you can print articles or email them to yourself.
Magazines and Journal Articles : Search a wide range of magazines, national newspapers including the New York Times, scholarly journals, and online reference books.
Online Resources: This links you to a list of research databases offering online access to newspapers, magazines and electronic encylopedias and reference books. There are many options to choose from. Some are accessible statewide, others only to users with a Fall River library card.
Fall River Herald News 4/30/2000 to current: Find full-text articles on local news, issues, events, people and much more from current and archived issues of The Herald News. Updated daily, it includes obituaries, editorials, announcements and other sections.
Boston Globe 1980 to current: Full-text articles from the Boston Globe. Search by keyword or date.
Boston Public Library: Use this link if you need to do extensive or specialized research. Boston has one of the state's largest collections of electronic resources, and as a Massachusetts resident, you are entitled to use their collection. You will need to apply for a special Boston Public Library e-card, which you can do online. This process is free and takes less than a minute.
The Fall River Public
Library subscribes to a wide variety of magazines for entertainment, information and research. Popular magazines, such as Cosmopolitan, People Weekly and Real Simple, can be found in the reading room on the main floor of the library. These can be checked out, with the exception of the most recent issue.
Research-oriented magazines, such as Barron's, Fortune, National Geographic and Scientific American, are kept in the Reference Room. Some magazines, such as Time, Life and Newsweek, have extensive collections of back issues. While these cannot be checked out of the library, they can be used in-library for research. Both a photocopier and a scanner are available. Due to space constraints, magazines are not displayed in the reference room, but a reference librarian will be glad to assist you with your search.
The Fall River Public
Library subscribes to both local and national newspapers. Newspapers are kept in the Reference Room and cannot be borrowed, but they can be enjoyed in the library. A photocopier is available. Copies are $.25 per page.
Available newspapers are: Fall River Herald News, Providence Journal, New Bedford Standard-Times, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today. Most newspapers are kept for three months.
The library keeps an archival collection of the Fall River Herald News going back to its earliest issues. Current issues of the newspaper, going back a few months, are available in print. Issues from 2000-present are available online. Older issues of the Herald News are on microfilm. The Reference Room has three microfilm readers with printers available for patrons. There is no charge to use the microfilm, but prints are $.25 per page.
Fall River's early years are preserved in the library's collection of 19th and 20th century newspapers on microfilm. Precursors to the Herald News, active from the late 19th century through the 1920s, included the Daily Evening News, Daily Globe, Daily Herald and Evening Herald. These can provide a fascinating look at life in a different era and are also a boon to historians and genealogists.
Obituary Index: Unfortunately, none of the newspapers in the library's collection are indexed, but our staff has been working on compiling our own index of obituaries from the Fall River Herald News. If you are looking for information on deceased family members, you can view the index here.