NewsBank Announcement Concerning FY14 Subscription

Published on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 - 14:42

Originally Posted: Monday, September 10, 2012

The Missouri State Library, through an appropriation in House Bill 12 (HB12) to the Secretary of State’s Office, provides access to a wide range of online resources to MOREnet members that subscribe to a Full-service or Basic Membership service package.

These resources currently include contracts with NewsBank, Gale and EBSCO ( Access to LearningExpress is funded through different sources.

In the current fiscal climate the Missouri State Library has taken a close look at the online resource services offered to MOREnet members. The Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch have low overall usage across the state, relative to the high cost of the resource. Because of this, the decision has been made to not renew the statewide NewsBank contract after the current expiration on July 31, 2013.

As of August 1, 2013, access to The Kansas City Star and St. Louis Post-Dispatch will no longer be funded by the Missouri State Library and made available to MOREnet members through NewsBank. Please keep in mind that access to articles from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch are available to MOREnet members through EBSCO at

MOREnet and the Missouri State Library realize that this decision may present difficulties for those organizations that do use this service. MOREnet is discussing with NewsBank the possibility of offering the database as an optional fee-based service to interested MOREnet members. As soon as additional information is available about this potential service it will be posted to the online resources list at*

Please direct calls regarding this potential service offering to Jeanne Sullivan at or by calling (573) 884-7646 as we work through this with NewsBank.

Please contact Margaret Conroy at or by calling (800) 325-0131 with any questions or concerns about this decision.

*If you would like to be subscribed to the online resources e-mail list, please e-mail