Get Free Digital Magazines


Free Access to Digital MagazinesDid you know you can get free digital magazines through the San Mateo County Library? It’s possible using a service called Zinio.

Benefits of Digital Magazines

By getting digital magazines through the library, you can:

  • Download or view the latest magazine issues right away when they’re available
  • Check out an unlimited number of magazines
  • Keep what you check out for as long as you want

What You Need

To use Zinio to get online magazines, you should have:

  • A library card with the San Mateo County Library (needs to start with "29041")
  • A Zinio account

If you do not have a SMCL library card, you can get one at your local library or by filling out this form.

After you have logged in to your online library account, hover over "Explore" on the navigation and click on "eBooks/eAudiobooks." Then click on “Zinio eMAGAZINES.”

You can browse some of the digital magazine titles that the library has through Zinio after you have gone to the Zinio site. To checkout and read magazines, however, you will also need a separate Zinio account.

Creating a Zinio Account

Click the “Create New Account” link in the upper right corner of the Zinio homepage. A box should pop up telling you to enter in your library card number. After you have entered the card number, click “Next.”

Fill out your first and last name, e-mail address, and password fields in the box. Note: The password needs to be at least 7 characters and have letters and numbers in it.

When you’re done, click the “Create Account” button.

After you have created your Zinio account, you can see all the magazine titles the library subscribes to.

Click on the cover image of a magazine that you want to read, then click the “Complete Checkout” button. The magazine cover should appear in your personal digital library of magazines you have selected to read and the magazine issue will appear in a separate window for reading.

When you have selected your first magazine, helpful tips should appear in the reading window to guide you on how to turn the magazine’s pages, zoom in or out, and more.

For future visits, just log in to your Zinio account by typing in the e-mail address and password you provided when you created your account.

Questions? Need Help?

If you have any questions or need help with getting or reading digital magazines, please see our help page or ask a librarian.


Author Bio:

Jessica Chung is a MLIS student and intern for San Mateo County Library.

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