Balto. Co. libraries launch new digital magazine service

The Baltimore County Public Library has launched a new service that will give patrons access to more than 100 magazine titles on their computers and mobile devices.

Patrons can sign up for the Zinio service through the library system's website ( and download the application to their tablet, smartphone or computer for free. The service gives them access to the library's digital magazines 24 hours a day.

The program is compatible with iPhones, iPads and other tablets, Androids, PCs and Macs, but not with Kindle or Nook, library officials said.

Library patrons also have another way to find hard copies of magazines at library branches, they said. They can now use the library catalog to locate specific titles and check how many copies are available.

Additionally, the library system offers the 3M Cloud Library, which lets people access e-books on their devices. The system has about 5,000 titles and patrons can check out the e-books through the library catalog.

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