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Library patrons can now access 150 online mags

OCEANSIDE — Oceanside Public Library now offers readers online access to 150 magazines through the Zinio database.

The online database allows library patrons to download Martha Stewart Living, Newsweek, Surfer and other popular reads, and access publications’ links and videos from home.

The downloads are considered high quality.

“It looks like someone scanned the magazine,” Jennelise Hafen, senior librarian, said.

Hafen added the beauty of using Zinio is that magazines do not have to be returned.

The online database is available to readers through a cooperative agreement Oceanside Public Library has with seven fellow San Diego County libraries. The libraries share the cost of the subscription, and mutually agreed on the 100-plus titles to offer patrons. Carlsbad, Escondido, San Diego County, San Diego City, Coronado, Chula Vista and National City libraries also offer Zinio.

Hafen said Oceanside Public Library held a soft opening of the online database in October, and word quickly got around.

Zinio workshops are planned for January and February to teach readers to log on from home devices. Hafen said workshops would take patrons through log-in procedures, and answer any specific questions about connections.

Workshops will be held at 4 p.m. Jan. 8 and 5 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Civic Center Library, and at 2 p.m. Jan. 14 and Feb. 11 at the Mission Branch Library. For more information, go to