By Yoohyun Jung
Arizona Public Media

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The Pima County Public Library introduced Zinio, an online newsstand service that provides digital copies of magazines, to library cardholders. The service provides access to a collection of nearly 200 magazines for free.

The system works just like checking out a magazine from the library. By signing up for a Zinio account through the Pima County Library website, library cardholders will be able to browse a database of magazines, choose which ones to read and check them out.

However, unlike the traditional library checkout system, there is no due date, or limit to the number of issues. There is also a function called the “reading list,” where users can build their own collection and revisit.

“It allows people to access a number of national magazines just at a few clicks of a button and we just want to make sure that people are able to enjoy magazines at their leisure; magazines that give them information and all of the services are free,” said Kenya Johnson, community relations manager at the Pima County Public Library.

The Zinio service is accessible anywhere with portable devices such as smartphones, iPads and Kindles as well as desktop or laptop computers, Johnson said.

Yoohyun Jung is a University of Arizona journalism student and intern at Arizona Public Media.