Dodge City residents now have access to free online magazines thanks to a service offered by the Dodge City Public Library (DCPL).
Called Zinio, the service allows library card holders to access a number of magazines in electronic format through the library's website. Offerings include “Newsweek,” “Cosmopolitan,” “Rolling Stone” and “National Geographic.” 97 separate titles are available.
The magazines can be viewed on most internet-enabled devices, including PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, Blackberry and Nook HD.
“We are pleased to be able to offer this new online resource to our patrons so that they can now enjoy reading some of their favorite magazines at their leisure from their computer or other digital device,” Library Director Cathy Reeves said in a news release. “All it takes to access this new service is a Dodge City Public Library card.”
Zinio is provided by the company Recorded Books. The platform is being paid for by the Southwest Kansas Library System and the library pays an individual fee to subscribe to the magazines. In total the library system paid $10,000 for the platform and for content. DCPL contributed $250.
Dodge City Public Services Librarian Michael Blitz said that the decision to implement Zinio was made partly in response to patron demand for electronic materials.
“We are getting more and more patrons who are trying to access materials digitally,” Blitz said. “We're simply adapting our services, doing something we've always done but in a new environment.”
DCPL offers a number of technological services, the most popular of which is free computer use. The library has computers for four separate age groups, including adults, teens, kids and pre-schoolers. Pre-schoolers use what are called AWE computers, touch screen devices that have no internet access and provide an interactive experience for children.
Other offerings from the library include a number of online databases, including journal articles, a demographic research database and TellMeMore, a language teaching program. DCPL Connect allows users to connect to the library's website through a mobile device. Podcasts have been utilized since 2009.
Next on the agenda are eBooks, which the library plans to begin implementing next year. eBooks are currently available through the state of Kansas, links to which can be accessed through the library's website.
Despite the increasing popularity of electronic materials, Blitz said that demand for printed materials has only increased.
“There's still a very strong demand for print materials that hasn't gone away,” Blitz said.
For more information on how to access Zinio, speak with a library staff member or visit www.dcpl.info.