Is that a library in your pocket, or are you just happy to read me?

Image: Maria Cipriano/Toronto Public Library

Image: Maria Cipriano/Toronto Public Library

Imagine being able to carry your favourite magazines with you wherever you go without lugging around a heavy bag of paper. The Toronto Public Library (TPL) has a new eMagazine service that can put your favourite celebrity news, entertainment, fashion, science fiction and business journals in the palm of your hand.

In July, 2013, the TPL launched this service for its users which might benefit George Brown College (GBC) students having Toronto Public Library card. This can give students access to 350 different magazine titles they can download and read anywhere, anytime.

Maria Cipriano, collection librarian in electronic resources at the TPL contactedThe Dialog to tell us about the new services. “We really want to get the word out about all the free electronic services that are available to your students,” she added, “for recreation and to support course work.”

Zinio eMagazine joins TPL’s other e-resources, OverDrive eBooks and eAudiobooks, which give users access to over 35,000 ebook titles to ‘checkout’ from the library. Students can download these eBooks anytime. The resource access expires at the due date automatically saving any late fees and also trips to the library to return the book.

The titles available from the Zinio eMagazine service are incredibly diverse and could prove to be an additional resource for students in a variety of programs. Magazines like,The Economist, Bloomberg Business Week and Forbes might be helpful for those in GBC’s business and management programs, while the variety of cooking, baking and nutrition titles might interest those in hospitality and culinary  programs.

Talking about the eMagazines, Cipriano explained, “The electronic magazines are full editions, in colour and include an interactive component.” This includes magazines about photography, arts and fashion, making them an attractive option for downloading.

Don’t think that it’s all work and no fun, Zinio also offers: Maxim, Cosmopolitan, Rolling Stone, The Nation, PC Gamer and even International Tattoo Art.

“All you need to access this content,” according to Cipriano, “is a free Toronto Public Library card which all George Brown College students qualify for.”

To find out more about Zinio and OverDrive e-resources and more go to the Toronto Public Library website at:


Is that a library in your pocket, or are you just happy to read me?