Zinio FAQs

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Where can I find Zinio apps?
What is Zinio?
Who can use Zinio?
How do I get started?
Am I registering twice for the same thing?
How do I use SCLD’s Zinio service?
What do I do when I get an error message saying ‘could not connect to server’?
I already have a Zinio account. Can I use the same account to access the library’s magazine collection?
How do I add additional magazines from the library’s magazine collection to my Zinio account?
How will I know when a new magazine issue is available?
Can I purchase magazines that are not in the library’s magazine collection?
Why are some magazines not in the library’s magazine collection or in Zinio itself?
If I choose to purchase a title the library does not offer, is it added to the library’s magazine collection? Does the library make any money off of this?
Does Zinio have an age restriction?
Who can I contact for assistance?

Where can I find Zinio apps?

What is Zinio?

Zinio is the world’s largest provider of online magazines. Through a partnership with RB Digital, libraries are able to offer access to popular magazines on any computer or mobile device.

Who can use Zinio?

The service is available free to registered Spokane County Library District members. Cards beginning with 60922 (City of Spokane and Liberty Lake residents) will not be able to access databases through this website. Due to licensing restrictions, City of Spokane and Liberty Lake residents must access similar databases through their home library’s site using that library card.

How do I get started?

Access the library’s magazine collection from the library’s Digital Library page or Login/Register here. PLEASE NOTE: Library members must create a free account for both the

Follow these instructions to set up your account.

Am I registering twice for the same thing?

You are registering on the library’s magazine collection site to verify you are a library member, and you are registering for Zinio to view the magazines, whether they are from the library or from your own Zinio purchases.

How do I use SCLD’s Zinio service?

Start at the SCLD website and choose Zinio in the Digital Library. If you are outside of a library building, you will be asked to enter your library card number. Log into the library’s magazine collection site. Select a magazine by clicking on the cover. The Zinio website will open. If you are not currently logged into Zinio, log in and your magazine selection will be available to view.

What do I do when I get an error message saying ‘could not connect to server’?

Log out of Zinio and the library’s magazine collection and close your browser. Open a new browser window and go directly to Zinio.com and sign in. Then go to the library’s magazine collection and sign in again.

I already have a Zinio account. Can I use the same account to access the library’s magazine collection?

Yes! However, make sure that you use the same email address and password when registering for access to the library’s magazine collection that you use with your Zinio account.

How do I add additional magazines from the library’s magazine collection to my Zinio account?

Make sure you are signed into you Zinio account. Then log into the library’s magazine collection page. (You will receive a message that you are already registered. You will be redirected automatically in a few seconds.) Select a magazine by clicking on it. If Zinio is not already open on a separate browser tab, a new tab will open automatically with your Zinio library. To add more magazines, toggle back to the library’s magazine collection tab and select another title.

How will I know when a new magazine issue is available?

You will not receive a notification that a new issue is available for check out in the library’s collection – so please refer to the library’s collection often. You need to go back to the library’s collection to add the next issue to your Zinio.com account.

Can I purchase magazines that are not in the library’s magazine collection?

Yes. Sign into your Zinio account and click on the Zinio logo in the upper left corner. Choose Shop and select a magazine. You will be asked for financial information. Be sure to check the library’s magazine collection before purchasing to see if you have access for free through SCLD.

Why are some magazines not in the library’s magazine collection or in Zinio itself?

Some magazine publishers do not allow Zinio to offer their titles for sale and do not allow libraries to make these available through Zinio.

If I choose to purchase a title the library does not offer, is it added to the library’s magazine collection? Does the library make any money off of this?

No. When you purchase a title, it is available to you only for personal use, and it is not added to the library’s magazine collection. The library does not make any money off of these private collections.

Does Zinio have an age restriction?

When downloading the Zinio app from the iTunes store, it requires that you must verify that you are over 17. If you are under 17, please discuss this restriction with your parent or guardian. SCLD does not monitor the content of its magazines.

Who can I contact for assistance?

We can assist you with most questions, including setting up your account, browsing and selecting magazines, and reading magazines. Contact us at the Get Help page. If you are experiencing problems with the library’s magazine collection page, browse the RBdigital Help page or contact RBdigital. If you are experiencing problems with your Zinio account, refer to the Zinio help page.