Free e-magazines launched for Blackburn with Darwen library users

Published Tuesday 19 July 2016 at 13:31

Unlimited free access to digital editions of over 100 popular magazines is now available to people using Blackburn Library.

Zinio is a new free service which allows library members to read full digital versions of their favourite magazines on their computer, smartphone or tablet.

The free magazines cover everything from food and travel to music and art, all to read at home, while out and about or even on holiday.

Some of the available titles include: –

  • BBC Top Gear
  • Cosmopolitan
  • The Economist
  • FourFourTwo
  • GT (Gay Times)
  • Hello!
  • Ideal Home
  • Lonely Planet Traveller
  • You and Your Wedding

Users can check out an unlimited number of magazines – and keep them for as long as they want.

Councillor Damian Talbot, Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Young People, said:

We know our residents value our library service and we are constantly looking at new ways to improve the service and ensure we move with the times.

This is a fantastic addition to what the library already offers and will provide our library members, both new and existing, with a brilliant range of e-magazines to read for free.

He added: 

It’s easy and free to become a member of the library.

Just call in and sign-up, it only takes five minutes to be able to take advantage of all the free resources where there is something for everybody.

To get started, simply go to, create a new account with Zinio and enter your Blackburn with Darwen library card number. If you haven’t got a library card pop into the Town Hall Street building and sign-up. You can then browse the full selection of publications on offer and check out your chosen titles to read on your desktop computer for free.

Magazines must first be checked out through the website, but can then be downloaded onto a phone or tablet and read offline, via the Zinio for Libraries app, which is available for iPhone, iPad and Android.

The new service is enabled via the Greater Manchester Library Consortium. Participating councils are: Blackburn with Darwen, Bury, Bolton, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford

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