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Read The Union Leader! Use your library card!

January 6th, 2020 · No Comments · City Library, Library Databases, Local History, Main Branch, News, NH Room, West Branch

Did you know you can read The Union Leader and New Hampshire Sunday News online, using just your library card? Thanks to our partnership with NewsBank–a news database resource that provides archives of media publications as reference materials to libraries–anyone with a valid, up-to-date Manchester library card, or anyone visiting either of our locations, can read and search The Union Leader from a PC, tablet or phone.

Union Leader viewed through NewsBank

Read page by page as you would a paper copy, or search by keyword. Find something you want to keep? You can choose a complete page, or clip just a section of the page if you prefer. You can print it, download it as a PDF (Portable Document Format), or even save it to your Google Drive.

There are some restrictions on back issues. You can view PDF copies of the Union Leader, as described above, going back to January of 2018. For articles that appeared only online, you can search the web edition as far back as January of 2015. And you can search the text only version as far back as July of 1989.

Log in to NewsBank using your library card number and password, and give it a try! No library card required if you’re inside the library.

Obituaries and older news articles

microfilm drawerSearching for an obituary? Talk with us! For copyright reasons, not all obituaries that were published in print are available online. Don’t despair! We have microfilmed copies of The Union Leader going all the way back to its inception in 1863. You can view them in the NH Room along with our local history and genealogy collection.

Since there is no index to the Union Leader prior to 1989, searching for older obituaries can be a challenge. Fortunately, we have other research tools, like Ancestry Library Edition (library use only), and vital records, that can help you find a person’s date of death. Older news articles aren’t as easy as obituaries to pin down without an index, so you’ll need to gather as much information as you can before you begin your search of the microfilm.

If you’re unable to visit the library in person, you can ask us to locate an article for you. Simply complete a Request for Staff Research, and we will provide an hour of research free of charge. For searches taking longer than one hour, see our Research policies for details and prices.

Need help? Email library@manchesternh.gov or call 603-624-6550.

A note to our eBook savvy patrons and subscribers to the e-Edition: The digital copy of the Union Leader that we’re able to provide is in PDF, viewable page by page. While you can search an entire edition of the paper by keyword, you cannot download an entire day’s edition as a single PDF. It is not identical to the e-Edition. Likewise, while the paper can be viewed on a tablet, Kindle or eReader with a web browser, the paper is in PDF, not EPUB or Kindle format.

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