Magazines have been a tricky collection to maintain in recent years; many titles have ceased publishing in print format, and the glossy and colourful pages use a lot of resources for something that is usually purchased and read by one reader. There are also some publications that are not available to be shipped to Canada. How does a library offer access to magazines, which are still quite popular, with these limitations?
Enter: e-magazines. The Thunder Bay Public Library has offered digital magazines through various databases over the years. Most recently, we have signed up for access to digital magazines through an app called Libby (from the makers of Overdrive). After exploring the app, I think that Libby has the best selection of magazines yet, with over 3,000 magazines available on the day that I’m writing this column (that is not a typo!).
There are a plethora of topics available, from celebrity news in magazines like US Weekly and Hello! Canada; to food magazines such as Food Network Magazine and Clean Eating; to more scholarly publications like National Geographic, and New Scientist. There are also publications from other countries like the The Economist Asia Edition and Better Homes and Gardens Australia. If you’re a crafter, artist, woodworker, gardener, car buff, or fitness fan, you will find a wide variety of magazines available to satisfy your special interest. There are so many titles available to explore, that I simply can’t do them justice in this column.
We all know how expensive magazines can be! The next time you’re at grocery store checkout, pick up a magazine and look at the price. They are quite expensive! The best thing of all about Libby is that it is free! All you need is your library card and PIN, and a device in order to load the app. Once loaded on your device – I personally like using an iPad – it’s really easy to browse the virtual magazine shelves and select the titles that you want to read. It’s really very straightforward and simple.
If you need a library card to take advantage of the wide variety of online resources available on our website at www.tbpl.ca, simply call us at 345-8275 from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 4 pm or send us an email to email@example.com. Our virtual collection is available 24/7 – all you need is a library card to get connected. Kristal Vanderleest – www.tbpl.ca. If you have a comment about today’s column, we would love to hear from you.