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LO library first in area to offer digital magazine service

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO: FAWN MCGEE - Library Director Bill Baars reads Newsweek on an iPad using a free database now available to Lake Oswego residents with library cards. Library cards are free with picture ID and proof of address.

Lake Oswego Public Library card holders now have free access to more than 50 digital magazine titles through a new product called Zinio.

These are full-color, interactive digital magazines for enjoyment. Browse from the library’s collection of popular titles with no holds, no checkout periods and no limit to the number of magazines that can be downloaded. Awarded Best New Database of 2012 by Library Journal, Zinio is the world’s largest newsstand, offering multiuser access to popular publications.

The Lake Oswego Public Library is the first library in the Portland metro area to provide this resource.

“I think that this is a wonderful way of making content that is of interest to our users easily accessible,” said Bill Baars, director of the Lake Oswego Public Library. “I love that we can exponentially increase the number of simultaneous readers of a periodical and that readers can take these wherever they go once they’ve been loaded onto a digital device.

“We’ve selected some of our most popular titles, and there is no limit on the checkout period or on the number of magazines users can download.”

Newsweek, Good Housekeeping, National Geographic, The Economist, ESPN magazine, Forbes, Rolling Stone, Reader’s Digest and O, The Oprah Magazine, are just a few of the popular titles available. Through lakeoswegolibrary.org, library patrons will have unlimited simultaneous access to the complete digital magazines, which can be viewed on most Internet-enabled devices inside or outside of the library. Zinio’s technology digitally recreates a magazine page for page, including full-color pictures, with intuitive navigation, key word article searches and interactive elements such as audio and video.

For more information, ask any member of the library’s staff, or visit ci.oswego.or.us/library/zinio-lopl-only. The Lake Oswego library is located at 706 4th St.




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