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St. Lawrence County Libraries Offer Free Access to Consumer Reports Online

Many libraries offer the print edition of Consumer Reports magazine for patrons to read in the library or to borrow and take home. What if the issue you need is checked out to another patron, or your library doesn’t have the space to store last year’s back issues? Unlimited access to Consumer Reports Online is available for free simply by using your library card. 

Doing research takes time. Choosing the wrong product wastes money. Consumer Reports Online provides the user with a comprehensive archive of expert, unbiased reviews to help the reader make the right purchasing decision every time. Online access is normally $35.00 per year, but is free to library card holders.

The online site provides access to articles and blog posts, as well as video, slide shows and other multimedia features. All of the features are available on a computer, mobile browser, or smartphone app which makes it easy to check reviews from home or while shopping in a store.  Access also includes ratings, reviews, expert buying advice, product comparisons, consumer user reviews, and video clips for over 7,000 items including electronics, appliances, home & garden, automobiles, baby gear, and food products.

To access Consumer Reports Online, go to the North Country Library System’s website at and click on the Consumer Reports button. You’ll be prompted to enter your library card and PIN numbers.

In addition to Consumer Reports Online, the library offers sixty-seven digital magazine subscriptions via our Overdrive Magazine service. Magazine titles that include product reviews are Car & Driver, Motor Trend, Sound & Vision, PC World, and Macworld. A link to the Overdrive Magazine collection is also available from the NCLS home page.

Access to our online subscriptions is entirely free as long as you have a library card – if you don’t have one, visit your local library and sign up – all you need is photo identification and proof of address. While you’re there, check out all your library has to offer – you’re sure to find something new!

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