It used to be you would subscribe to a half-dozen magazines, and you'd get creative as to where they were stashed. On the bedside table, under the coffee table, by the bathroom sink ... and they stacked up fast.
These days, that stack stays small, no matter how many magazines you want read. That's because you can read them all on your phone, tablet, or laptop with your Des Moines Public Library card! We now have more than 3,200 eMagazine titles available to read for free on two different apps.
Libby has more than 3,200 magazine titles, including the entire collection that was previously located on RBDigital. On Libby, you'll find titles like National Geographic, Food Network Magazine, Newsweek, Us Weekly, and so much more.
When you read eMagazines on Libby, there are no holds and no checkout limits, with up to three years' worth of back issues where available. Best of all, eMagazines do not count against the 10 checkout limit patrons have in Libby. So check out all the eMagazines you want while continuing to read eBooks and listen to eAudiobooks.
Libby replaces RBDigital as the app that houses our largest collection of eMagazines. Patrons will have access to magazine issues they previously borrowed via RBDigital. Any patron who previously borrowed ZINIO magazines from RBdigital will be able to access their historical magazine loans by either downloading the free ZINIO app or going to zinio.com. From the ZINIO app or website, patrons can register a new ZINIO account using the same email address they used to access RBdigital. Once registered, their previously borrowed ZINIO magazine loans will be available in their account. Unlike RBDigital, eMagazines in Libby do not auto-renew or auto-checkout.
Residency restrictions do apply to Libby: You must live in Des Moines, Windsor Heights, or rural Polk County to use it.
Flipster has dozens of popular titles, including several favorites from Meredith. Use Flipster to read Entertainment Weekly, Allrecipes, Better Homes & Gardens, Sports Illustrated, and more. Flipster is available to all Des Moines Public Library cardholders; there are no residency restrictions.
Go to our Stream & Download page to learn more about eMagazines and other digital services you can use with your Des Moines Public Library Card!