Check it out: Zinio allows Oklahoma City-area library patrons to download magazines

The library has more than 250 magazine titles available for download.
BY MATT PATTERSON mpatterson@opubco.com Published: August 13, 2013

The Oklahoma City Metropolitan Library System is making it easier for magazine lovers to enjoy their favorite titles on personal devices, with the introduction of Zinio.

Users must first download an app to their personal tablets or phones and then download content through the library's Zinio page. Magazines that the library subscribes to will then be available for download from home, or at the nearest branch.

“We wanted to have more digital offerings for our customers,” library spokeswoman Kim Terry said. “One of the things a lot of people like to do at the library is read magazines, which often get torn up easily with repeated use. Now anyone with a card can get their favorite magazine and take it home with them by downloading it.”

The library has 250 magazine titles available for download. Branches will continue to carry hard copies of magazines as well, Terry said.

“I think we will always have the physical copies as long as they are still being published,” Terry said. “We still have to pay for the subscription to allow customers to download them through Zinio.”

So far, about 500 people have signed up for Zinio through the library, checking out about 4,000 different magazine issues since the service became available in June. Terry said most of the magazines have been downloaded by women.

“Magazines have always had a special place in women's hearts,” Terry said.

Those who need assistance with downloading and using Zinio can get their questions answered at a library branch, Terry said.