Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Digital Magazines Now! @ OPL

The Ottumwa Public Library is pleased to announce a new digital magazine service is now available to our patrons called Zinio. Zinio, in partnership with Recorded Books (RB Digital) provides full, cover-to-cover, issues of digital magazines. Patrons will see the same content as the print issues plus some titles include video and audio links as well.

Patrons will be able to view any or all of the 81 magazines the library is currently offering online or download them to their PCs, Macs, or mobile devices. All magazines come with simultaneous access which means if everyone in town wanted to read the current issue of Consumer Reports at the same time, they could (no waiting for any magazines). What’s more, magazines from Zinio will have no due dates. As long as the library maintains a subscription to a magazine, patrons will be free to read them on their electronic device.
Useful Links
To sign up for the service patrons should visit or they can click on the links provided on right-hand column of the library's website.

A handy guide to getting set up is available at

Go to to see a full list of titles available as of January 2013.
Steps to Sign-up
  1. Patrons will need to create two accounts to read magazines, an OPL/RB Digital account to browse and select magazines and a account to read the magazines they’ve selected.
  2. Go to and click on “Create Account” to create your OPL/RB Digital account
  3. Enter your library card number and click “Validate
  4. Fill out the form and click “Create Account
  5. Go to your email. You will be emailed an activation link. When the email arrives click on the link to activate your account.
  6. Go to and create a free account with the same email address you used to create your OPL/RB Digital account.
  7. Now you’re ready! Go back to to log in and begin selecting the magazines you'd like to read.