NewsBank Offer – One-Year Extension

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NewsBank Package Continues

The Washington State Library (WSL), a division of the Office of the Secretary of State, and NewsBank, Inc. continue their partnership which provides access to the following NewsBank products (more details below):

  • Access World News Research Collection including 143 sources from Washington State alone,
  • New Integrated Collections for six Washington sources and
  • ResearchRocket, a new product for young researchers.

WSL is currently providing subsidies for libraries that subscribe after the free access period ended Dec. 31, 2020. For the 2021 calendar year, the subsidy rate is 50%, followed by a 25% rate in 2022, after which the subsidy will end.


The 2020 partnership features the NewsBank products which will give students, faculty, and public library patrons the ability to search any topic and research any subject – globally, nationally, regionally, across the state and locally.

  • Access World News Research Collection – This comprehensive news product includes more than more than 11,000 news sources from around the world. This collection features 143 sources from Washington State alone, plus content from all 50 U.S. states and over 170 countries and regions. The majority of sources are in English and 10 other languages are represented in the collection. Recent product enhancements include read to text, integration with Noodle Tools and improved A-Z source list search. Also included are NewsBank's Special Reports, Hot Topics, and America's News Magazines.
  • Washington Integrated Collections – Integrated Collections combine all news content for specific local sources, including full-color newspaper pages, individual full-text articles, and content only published online, into one interface for a seamless search experience for the following:
    • Seattle-Times - from 1/11/2018
    • Bellingham Herald - from 9/13/2018
    • Kitsap Sun - from 11/2/2018
    • Tacoma News Tribune - from 5/11/2015
    • Olympian - from 8/9/2018
    • Tri-City Herald - from 9/13/2018
  • ResearchRocket – A new product from NewsBank designed with young researchers in mind, ResearchRocket provides relevant articles covering a variety of topics in all subject areas from credible magazines, newspapers and other information sources — all vetted to be age and reading-level appropriate. This product is available for Schools and Public Libraries.

At any point during this free access period, libraries have the option to enter into individual subscription agreements with NewsBank (individual library pricing available from NewsBank upon request). NewsBank will provide each participating library with that library’s usage data from the paid trial period.

WSL and NewsBank will be promoting this ongoing partnership through webinars, direct contacts, and other efforts to encourage use and promotion of these products, and to ensure that libraries and their staff have the information they need for informed decision-making.

Please note: libraries with existing subscriptions to NewsBank products must maintain those subscriptions to be eligible to participate but may access the additional content described here at no additional charge with participation.

Product Information

NewsBank Webinars Feature New Content

The Washington State Library and NewsBank are proud to extend our partnership and provide access to even more content to libraries across Washington. Every day, a wide range of users – from students to faculty to patrons interested in local politics and environmental issues to genealogists – count on NewsBank for vetted and credible information on virtually any topic.

Watch the recording of one of these special presentations to:

  • Learn about the new content, including six new Integrated Collections and 143 Washington sources;
  • See new features designed to improve accessibility and usage;
  • Hear ways your library and your users will benefit from access to thousands of local, national, and global news sources.

These 1-hour webinars are for both libraries that have already enrolled in the offer and for those that have yet to enroll.

  • Washington State Public Libraries: NewsBank Resource Update
    Recorded November 6, 2019 - Watch recording
  • Washington State Universities and Community Colleges: NewsBank Resource Update
    Recorded November 7, 2019 - Watch recording

We encourage you to enroll

To enroll, each library must complete and sign the “WSL NewsBank Intent to Participate Form.” The form is provided in PDF format with fields that can be typed into and saved. The form must then be printed for an official authorizing signature. By signing this form, the library also agrees to the product terms of use, as defined in the “NewsBank License Agreement for Subscription & Perpetual License Sales.” The password required to open the license may be requested using the contact information located in the right-hand column on this page.

Return the Intent to Participate Form to the State Library as indicated on the form itself. An electronic (PDF) copy of each library’s completed form will be submitted to NewsBank. NewsBank and participating libraries will then make contact to set up accounts and to implement authentication protocols. The sooner we receive your library's completed Intent to Participate Form, the sooner your library can begin offering these resources to your public.

Signup documents:

Please note: The NewsBank License Agreement has been modified for the purposes of this offer, and is regarded as confidential and proprietary by NewsBank. This is the reason for requiring the use of a password to open it. We respectfully request that neither the License nor the password be shared outside the library. Each library should carefully review the NewsBank License Agreement before signing up for this offer.

First Tuesdays Webinar

Archived replay now available for "Delivering Value to Your Community through Your Library's Resources." Kathy Dempsey, author of The Accidental Library Marketer, joined marketing representatives from NewsBank for a discussion about how to maximize the use of library electronic resources and get the most out of your library’s investment. The webinar covered:

  • Best practices for marketing your online resources
  • Actionable tips for how you can get started
  • Examples of how other Washington libraries are promoting their collections to their communities
  • Resources available to help your marketing efforts from vendors like NewsBank

Find the replay on our YouTube channel.

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