Charlotte Observer (current and historical access)

Newsbank provides Charlotte Observer digital access.  The Library has access to two databases, a current (1985-current) and historical (1892- 1985).  Databases can be search separately as well as together.  Articles are searchable by name, word or phrase.

The historical access (1892-1985) to the Charlotte Observer is an image database.  That means that when you view or search a date, phrase, etc., the results will show the image of the newspaper that relates to your search. 

The current access (1985- current) is a text database.  You will not see articles or images, as they appeared in the paper however, you will have the full text of the article.

The Library also has access to The Charlotte Post (2006-current).

How to access Charlotte Observer content with your library card:

  • Use the ACCESS NOW link below.  You will be prompted to enter your library card or ONE Access account number.
  • Choose which database you want to search.  Options are on the left side of the page under Shortcuts.  Click “Charlotte Post” or “Charlotte Observer Historical and Current”.
  • If you select “Charlotte Observer Historical and Current” you can search both databases using the search box at the top of the page.  If you want to search a specific year, click the link to the Charlotte Observer that contains the year you would like to search.
  • Articles can be printed, saved as PDF or emailed.