Download your favourite magazines for Free


Use your library card to set up an account with Zinio, and get free digital access to more than a hundred magazine titles including Hello!, New Scientist, Grazia, Amateur Photographer, Good Housekeeping and BBC Good Food.


Zinio is really easy to set up, works brilliantly (especially on tablets) and could of course save you a fortune in magazine subscriptions. Head over to our Zinio page to see the full list of titles and find out how to get started.


Your Library top ten of 2015

As the year draws to a close let’s take a look at which of our online services you used the most during 2015. Here’s the top ten:

1. Zinio

No surprise that this is our most popular resource. Free online subscriptions to over 100 magazines including New Scientist, Hello and Amateur Photographer. What’s not to like?

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2. OverDrive

eBook and audiobook downloads continue to increase at a phenomenal rate (up a whopping 56% from 2014!) helped in part by the addition of some blockbuster titles for you to download – need we say it – free.

3. Capital Collections

Showcasing the image collections of Edinburgh Libraries, museums and galleries, the fantastic online gallery draws visitors from all over the globe.

4. Your Edinburgh

The best place to find out what’s on in your area.

5. Edinburgh Collected  NEW!

A brand new space for you to share, explore and discuss your memories of Edinburgh. Don’t miss out – get involved!

6. Our Town Stories

The history of Edinburgh in words, pictures and maps featuring the ever popular then and now photographs.

7. OneClickDigital

Reflecting the increasing popularity of audiobooks, downloads from OneClickDigital have almost doubled in the last 12 months!

8. Edinburgh 4 Community

If you’re looking for funding, as many of you are, this is the best place to start.

9. Theory Test Pro

Essential for learner drivers, this theory test simulator also gives more experienced motorists an opportunity to put their knowledge of the rules of the road to the test.

10. Library Press Display NEW!

Another new entry, Library Press Display is a window onto the world’s press, offering library members the chance to catch up on the daily papers without leaving the house.

That’s our top ten, but your library card gives you access to many, many other online resources besides. Visit Your Library to see the complete list.

(Top ten based on average monthly use during 2015.)



Which magazines would you like to download for free?

We’re about to add even more new titles to Zinio – the free emagazine service for library members – and we need YOU to tell us which magazines you’d prefer.

Choose up to three preferences from the following list.


And if you’re new to Zinio we’ve got plenty of help and advice to get you started.

More Magic Magazines!

Edinburgh Libraries downloadable magazine service Zinio just keeps getting better and better! There are 23 new titles available from December bringing the number of magazines available up to 109. Perfect for using on your tablet, computer or smartphone.
BBC Mags 2There are a great range of BBC titles now including Top Gear, Gardener’s World, Countryfile and BBC Music.  Dip in to  BBC Good Food, Easycook and Olive magazines in time for the Christmas cooking frenzy. Put your feet up during the festivities and relax with some of our new women’s titles including Best, Red, Prima, Instyle and Elle UK.

If you are interested in the past check out BBC History, Who Do you Think You Are? and Homes & Antiques. For those of us more future thinking we’ve also got iPad & iPhone User, Android Magazine, Focus and T3.

Contact if you have any queries regarding this service.


Download free cycling magazines

Continuing on our series of posts to tie in with the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling – library members can download these cycling magazines via Zinio:

Cycling Active

One for all you road cyclists, from the occasional weekend rider to more serious ‘challenge’ or sportive riders. A balanced mix of fitness advice, route guides, ‘how to’ guides, along with inspirational features, plus expert – and highly independent – bike and product reviews.

Mountain Bike Rider

For mountain bike enthusiasts. Obviously. Published since 1997, mbr aims to inspire readers to just get out and ride! with every issue, by providing the very best expert advice about where, what and how to ride. Every edition delivers the ultimate mix of inspirational riding features, with extensive bike and product reviews, along with superb advice and reader involvement.



Five reasons to use Zinio

If you’ve not already signed up for Zinio, our free emagazine subscription service, well, now is pretty much the ideal time to do so.

Here are five reasons why.

1. Fight the festive flab

Get fit and stay fit the whole year long with your free subscription to titles like Weight Watchers, Men’s Fitness and Women’s Fitness.

2. Get the most out of your new gadgets

If you were lucky enough to get a new i-Thing, laptop or tablet in your stocking titles like MacWorld, .net and PC Gamer will help you get the most out of it.

3. Plan your holidays

Going anywhere nice this year? Get inspired with National Geographic Traveller and Cruise International.

4. Get ready for Rio

Get in training for this summer’s World Cup with your free online subscription to World Soccer.

5. Knit!

Knitters are especially well catered for. Knitter, Knit Wear and Interweave Knits are among the magazines available on Zinio.

To find out how to get these magazines and many more downloaded free to your smartphone or tablet, head over to our Zinio page.

Your free online subscription to National Geographic

National Geographic CoverThe latest edition of National Geographic Interactive contains the usual dazzling mix of writing, photography and video – and you can see it all for free using Zinio, our free online magazine subscription service for library members.

Discover the surprising life of lions, read the not so sweet story of sugar and uncover the underwater secrets of the Maya.

National Geographic Interactive looks amazing on a tablet or smartphone and is just one of over a hundred magazine titles available free to library members. If you’ve not tried out Zinio yet do so today!

How to download your favourite magazines FREE

Use your library card to set up an account with Zinio, and get free digital access to more than seventy magazine titles including Hello!, National Geographic, Rolling Stone and Good Housekeeping.

zinio titlesZinio is really easy to set up, works brilliantly (especially on tablets) and could of course save you a fortune in magazine subscriptions. Head over to our Zinio page to see the full list of titles and find out how to get started.