If you’re like me and like free stuff, then you should have a library card. Libraries offer great resources far beyond books these days. This tutorial on how to download free magazines for iPads and tablets doesn’t require you to set foot in your library, and you don’t have to worry about late fees!

No late fees, no subscription cost, and no catches!

Visit Your Library’s Homepage

Odds are, your library has subscribed to Zinio. Zinio is a digital service that libraries subscribe to that allows you to download free magazines. It’s such a great deal you’ll be looking for some kind of catch.

Grab your library card and visit your library’s webpage. Look for a Zinio link or page on your library’s site. It might be under digital services or eServices or something like that.

Register for Zinio

Once you found the Zinio page on your library’s site, there should be a spot where you can register for Zinio. This is a rather easy procedure that involves creating a username and password.  My library didn’t even confirm the email address I gave them.

Free magazine downloads with Zinio

Login to Zinio

Now that you have created a username and password, look for a way to login to Zinio on your library’s website. Once logged in, you’ll be able to checkout and download magazines for free. You’ll checkout the magazines through your library’s website, and then you’ll be able to find and download those magazines for free on your iPad or tablet. This is important to understand since it’s kind of clunky until you get the hang of it.

Download Zinio App for your iPad or Tablet

Now for the fun part. Visit the app store (or use the links below) and download the Zinio app. You’ll use the same username and password you setup earlier when you registered for Zinio on your library’s website.

Zinio Magazine App download for: iOS | Android | Windows

Free Magazine Downloads on iPad ScreenshotZinio Magazine Screenshot

Download Free Magazines!

Any magazines that you checked out through your library’s website will appear in the Zinio app under the “Read” tab at the bottom. These magazines can be downloaded for free on your iPad or tablet, and they look great on a high resolution or retina device. You can download as many as you want (even back issues), and there aren’t any late fees!

While there’s a bit of a setup process initially, once you get the hang of it you’ll be able to easily download magazines like Consumer Reports, ESPN magazine, Popular Mechanics, and more for free.

Let me know if you give this a try in the comments below!

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