Learning 23 January 2023

PressReader: The free news app

We’re thrilled to announce PressReader is here. If you’re a Falkirk Libraries member, you now have access to a massive range of popular magazines and newspapers from around the world, online and on your mobile device.

We know many of our customers have been missing eMagazines after they were removed from the Libby app in preparation for this new, bigger service.

Please accept our apologies that this has taken longer than expected, there were some technical issues connecting PressReader with our new Library management system.

How to get started with Press Reader

On your mobile/tablet:

  1. Visit your device's app store
  2. Search for the PressReader app and download
  3. Open the app and hit sign in
  4. Select Library or Group
  5. Enter your library card number
  6. You'll now be prompted for your email address and name
  7. You’ll be signed in - start browsing!

On your PC, laptop, browser:

There are two levels of access - personalised or complimentary. If you want to use PressReader across multiple devices, or have it remember your favourite publications, please use Personalised Access to log in. If you just want to read a newspaper of magazine without personalised features, you can choose complimentary access.

  • Complimentary Access
  1. Visit
  2. Select sign in
  3. Select Library or Group
  4. Search Falkirk and choose Falkirk Council Libraries
  5. Enter your library card number and PIN
  6. You’ll be signed in with complimentary access and can start browsing. 

PressReader will say you have complimentary access once you've signed in.

  • Personalised access
  1. Visit
  2. Select sign in and choose new user - sign up now
  3. Enter your name and email address
  4. Once you've signed in, go to the grey spot in the top right and choose My Account
  5. In the account section, look for Social and Linked Networks
  6. Select Library or Group
  7. Search for Falkirk and choose Falkirk Council Libraries
  8. Enter your library card number and PIN
  9. You should now see that your account is linked with Falkirk Council Libraries
  10. You now have unlimited free access to PressReader

You can now ask PressReader to remember your favourite publications and more. You may be asked to sign in again at a later date. You can do this using your email address and password OR by choosing Library and Group and using your library card number and PIN.


Press Reader features

With Press Reader you can now browse newspapers and magazines from around the world. You’ll also enjoy great features:

  • Favourite your regular reads and automatically have new issues available to read in your account
  • Search by topic to have PressReader scour publications to find relevant articles
  • Use the translate feature to read articles in other languages
  • Try the audio feature to have articles read to you

PressReader care has help and tutorials to improve your experience.  

Any problems?

If you're struggling to get logged into PressReader, it could be because of the following:

  • You haven’t used your library card in a while and it has expired
  • You’re using an old library card

In either case, please contact the library service to check the status of your membership. You can do this by emailing or by contacting your local library.


Are you a current Libby user?

As magazines will now be found in PressReader, they will no longer be available in the Libby app. You’ll still use Libby to access eBooks and eAudiobooks.

Find out more about Libby.



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