Christmas has come to Zinio e-magazines!

It’s just a few weeks until Christmas, so we’ve found some inspiration from our Zinio e-magazines on how to decorate your home, what to make for the big day and other silly season related tips. Clicking on a magazine cover will take you through to the magazine’s Zinio page where you can check it out. If you need help on setting up your Zinio account, we have a tutorial here, and one for the Zinio app here.

NZ House & Garden Dec 2014 cover
NZ House & Garden has ideas on how to decorate your table, wrap a boring gift so it looks super flash, make delicious festive menus, and photos of six beautifully decorated homes from around the country.

Woman's Day Dec 2014 cover
Woman’s Day has tips on avoiding a stack of bills in January, neat presents for under $20, tasty Christmas recipes and treats, and wonderful crafts and decorations to make.

25 Beautiful Homes Dec 2014 cover
25 Beautiful Homes has tips on decorating every room, and examples of festive homes from a Somerset vicarage, to a period villa, to a modern home in Hertdforshire.

Good Nov/Dec 2014 cover
Good has ‘Christmas made easy’ with how to have happier family festivities, hideaways for your summer holidays, ideas for festive frocks, and easy Christmas craft projects to make and share.

Country Homes & Interiors Dec 2014 cover
Country Homes & Interiors has advice on nibbles and sweets for your guests, along with advent calendars, stylish and simple Christmas foliage displays, and decoration ideas for your home.

Gluten-Free Living Nov 2014 cover
Gluten-Free Living has a Christmas feast for you, 25 tips on how to handle the holidays, gluten-free holiday cookies and simple side dishes that everyone will love.

Good Housekeeping Dec 2014 cover
Good Housekeeping contains easy Christmas dinner ideas, magical gingerbread houses to make, fabulous party dresses, and whimsical wreaths.

Woman & Home Dec 2014 cover
Woman & Home gives advice on how to avoid a holiday meltdown, perfect accessories to wear to your Christmas parties, and people share what has made the festive season magical for them.

Zinio Expo for magazine lovers this week

With Zinio, you now can read the latest magazines online for free and keep them for as long as you like. To find out more about this new eMagazine collection, don’t miss the Zinio Expo happening 24-28 June at 1:00-2:00pm on Central library’s ground floor.

With Zinio, Wellington City Libraries members can borrow as many as they like for free, and keep them as long as they want – with no overdue fees. There’s a wide range of magazines – including photography, business, sports, news, crafts, lifestyle, computers, music, and more. Titles include the Economist, US Weekly, OK Magazine, Australian Vogue, Taste, Rolling Stone, and Utne Reader among many others.

We’d love to see you at the expo, but if you can’t be there, there is more information about how to access and download Zinio eMagazines here, or just ask for help at any of our libraries.

zinio expo


Treat yourself on Thursdays with free magazines!

treatyourselfthursdaymagsVisit any of our branch libraries on Thursdays between 6th October and the end of January 2012 and you’ll find that regular adult, young adult and children’s magazines are FREE to borrow.   This applies only to magazines available for loan on the day. To qualify for the free loan, please take your magazines and library card to the desk for a staff member to issue them to you.

NB: Bestseller and reference magazines are excluded, and self-issued magazines will still incur regular charges.

free magazines on thursdays

What you can do online on our website: find and reserve magazines

Below is a presentation on how you can find and reserve magazines, on our website, with the new version of our online catalogue:

Presentation Transcript

  • Would you like to search and reserve magazines? Click on “Catalogue Search”.
  • Click on “Search Catalogue”.
  • You can search for magazines just like books – try a Title browse, Keyword or Title keyword search.
  • You can restrict a Keyword search to magazines using the format term ‘qmagazine’, e.g. ‘gardening qmagazine’. It will bring up all of our gardening magazines and none of the books.
  • To find a particular magazine, select the type of search you’re interested in in the drop-down menu. Type in the title/ keyword. Click on “Search” .
  • Click on the title of the magazine you were looking for (highlighted in blue)
  • Click on the +/- icon to expand or collapse the lists and check availability. If you want to reserve a magazine, click on the “Place a reserve” next to the issue you’re interested in.
  • Type in your library card number in the first box. Type in your last/ family name in the second box. Click “Enter” .
  • Click on the library of your choice to highlight where you want to pick up your magazine. Check the “Holiday reserve” box and select a date if you don’t want your reserve active immediately. Click on “Place a Reserve” when your choice is made.
  • Click on “View my account” to check on you reserve and/ or delete it.
  • Click on “Reserves” to check on your reserves.
  • “ Cancel checked reserves” is currently unavailable for magazines. Please talk to a librarian or email us at: enquiries [at] to get your reserve cancelled should you wish to .

Our magazine favourite : Bust

Bust is a pro-women magazine that is positive, diverse and interesting. They interview dynamic strong women (from musicians to artists to tea shop owners) who are doing exciting things with their lives and publish articles on such varied topics as Indian arranged weddings and the history of airline stewardesses. It includes fashion shoots with healthy (not anorexic looking) women and also have crafty tips and indie music reviews, what more can a girl ask for?