Magazines and Newspapers

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Online Access

Topsfield Library cardholders have digital access to the New York Times  and the Wall Street Journal.
And new for 2022: NYT Cooking!

Chronicle and TranscriptChronicle and Transcript  (6/6/2019 – 12/2/2021) – text-only access via Newsbank.  News, police logs, sports coverage and features from the towns of Boxford, Hamilton, Ipswich, Middleton, Topsfield, and Wenham.  The Chronicle and Transcript ceased print publication in December 2022, but community news can still be found at

Tri-Town Transcript  (6/2/2006-5/31/2019) – text-only access via Newsbank.  The precursor to the Chronicle and Transcript, covering the tri-town area of Boxford, Middleton and Topsfield. A separate Digital Archive for the Transcript covers the years 1962-2005.

Salem News  (2008-present) – text-only access via Newsbank. 

Boston Globe  (1980-present) – text-only ProQuest database.  Can be searched by keyword or browsed by date (click on Publications and then select the title to browse).

Boston Herald – available in full-color flip-through format (2018 – present) or text-only format (1991-present) via Newsbank. 

New York Times – Access to the news site, (does not include crossword or full access to the Cooking sections).  Topsfield cardholders redeem an access code, which is good for 24 hours.  Users will also need to create their own New York Times account, separate from the access code.

Wall Street Journal – Full access to  Library access codes are good for 3 days.  A unique account with email address is required.

America’s News (Newsbank) – News and information from reliable news sources spanning the U.S., including over 50 local Massachusetts sources.  Includes browser-friendly “Hot Topics” and “Special Reports.”

Boston Public Library – available with a BPL ecard to Massachusetts residents – offers access to hundreds of local and regional news sources.

Overdrive Magazines – Hundreds of popular titles in flip-through format, which can be downloaded to the Overdrive or Libby app.  Popular titles include Country Living, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker.

Please note: As of December 2020, RBdigital has merged with Overdrive.  All magazines that were previously found on RBdigital or the RBdigital app may now be accessed via Overdrive or the Overdrive/Libby app.

Gale Databases include many regional, national and international newspapers.  Hundreds of other scholarly and popular journals can be searched and browsed within the Gale collections.

Ebsco Databases provide similar access to thousands of magazines and journals.

On the Shelves at the Library

Newspaper Collection

Back issues kept for 3 months

• Banker & Tradesman
Boston Business Journal
Boston Globe
The Jewish Journal
New York Times
The Salem News
Chronicle and Transcript/Tri-Town Transcript (loose papers from 2000-2021 are shelved on the second floor)
Wall Street Journal
• View our listing of historical newspapers covering Topsfield and surrounding areas


• Come in to browse our collection, or view the latest issues in the online catalog
• Current and back issues may be borrowed

Investing Newsletters and Ratings

Kiplinger Letter
The Outlook (CFRA)

Looking for more?

The Boston Public Library has an even more extensive collection of online access to magazines/journals, as well as newspapers  and business/investing tools.  Most are available to anyone with a BPL ecard.

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