Charleston County library offering free digital copies of magazines

Thanks to a deal between the Charleston County Public Library and digital magazine seller Zinio, library members can download free digital copies of more than 150 popular magazines.

The library writes, in part:

With Zinio, residents can use their computers or mobile apps to read digital versions of magazines like Newsweek, Us Weekly, O The Oprah Magazine, Food Network Magazine, National Geographic Interactive, Rolling Stone, Cosmopolitan, Men’s Health, Weight Watchers, Popular Photography, Macworld, Motor Trend, Bloomberg Businessweek, House Beautiful and Popular Mechanics.

Customers new to Zinio must complete a one-time set up to identify them as a CCPL cardholder. When signing up for the first time, users should select Create Account on CCPL’s Zinio login page, and enter their library card number. After that, users need to set up a Zinio account with an email address and password. This allows online streaming and offline reading of magazines. The service works on computers and mobile devices, including iPads, iPhones, Android devices and Kindle Fire. 

A detailed breakdown of the registration process with screenshots of the necessary steps is available through Zinio’s online user guide

Online access to magazines is CCPL’s latest offering of free downloadable, digital materials. The library also offers downloadable eBooks, audio books, music plus interactive storybooks and activities for children. For a full list, check the Downloadables link on the library’s homepage –

The library has several such partnerships, including one for foreign language learning, and others for ebooks and music.