Using Zinio

Getting to Zinio

where to find zinio on the library website

To access the Library's subscription to Zinio, it is essential to first connect through the library webpage:

  1. Go to
  2. Move your mouse to the Read, Listen View tab, and choose Magazines and Newspapers
  3. Click on the Zinio Link

Creating an Account

image of the login and create account buttons for using rbdigital products zinio and indieflix

  1. The first time you use Zinio, you will need to sign up. You can do so by clicking the Create Account button located in the top right.
  2. Enter in your West Van Library card number
  3. Fill out the form using your email, name and password.

*Note: this account also works with IndieFlix

Selecting Magazines

image of the landing page of zinio for libraries

Once you've created an account, use your email and password to log in and start browsing. There are several ways you can browse:

  • Alphabetically: Either click the Title Search box to pull up a drop-down menu, or click the page links in the top right to browse titles alphabetically.
  • Title Search: Enter in a key phrase (ex: iPad, Canada) to search for corresponding titles.
  • Genre: Select the All Genres drop-down menu to browse magazines by subject.

Checking out Magazines

Once you've found a title you'd like to read, click the cover and click the checkout button. You can then select Keep Browsing to checkout more magazines or Start Reading to view your new magazine.

If you want to see all of the magazines that you have borrowed, click on the My Collection link in the top right. You can open any of the on your computer to read at any time.

image of a zinio collection of checked out magazines

Reading Magazines on a computer

Click on a title in your Zinio Reading List to open it and start reading. Once you've opened a magazine, you can navigate it with the menu bar at the bottom of the screen:

page turn icons Turn page forwards or backwards

overview icon Bring up page overview of magazine

zoom icon Zoom in and out

full screen icon Enter and exit full screen mode

 To print the page(s) that you are viewing

reading a zinio magazine image

To learn more about Zinio, visit:

 Reading Magazines in the App

Download the app by visiting your App Store on your tablet or other mobile device. Search for Zinio for Libraries.

Or visit one of these links: iTunes | Google Play to download the app.

Once downloaded:

To read a magazine in the app, tap on the cover to open.

Tap on the right side of the screen to go to the next page, or tap on the left side to go to the previous page.

Tapping in the centre of the screen will bring up addtional options.

  • In the top left, there is an X tap on it to close the magazine.

image of an open zinio magazine on a tablet with options to close or jump to a section

  • On the right side there are options to go back, see the table of contents or create bookmarks.

in-magazine options for zinio, includes back, table of contents and bookmarks


To add magazines to the app

From the main screen, tap on Checkout Magazines in the lower right corner. Then log in, if you haven't already with your username and password.

Choose a magazine, and tap on the Checkout button. Repeat as desired.

Tap on Back to Libraries in the top left corner when you are ready.

From the main page, tap on the download button image of a cloud with an arrow, used to illustrate that a magazine is ready to be downloaded in Zinio to download a copy of the magazine to read.