RBDigital Magazines have moved to Overdrive/Libby (24 February)

RBDigital Magazines coming to Libby

On 24 February, our RBdigital magazines moved to Libby/Overdrive. This change massively increases the number of magazines available, from 130 to several thousand.

What is different? What is the same?

  • The user experience is similar to borrowing an ebook
  • Magazines can be issued for 21 days, then will automatically be returned from your account with the option to renew issues before they go
  • Magazines issues are continuously available — it should be easy for you to borrow again as needed
  • Up to 3 years of back issues are available to borrow for some titles
  • Auto check out of new issues is no longer available
  • You will no longer get email alerts when new issues are available

The RBdigital platform will remain for a short time, and then be discontinued. This change is a vendor-driven change.

FAQs about the change from Overdrive

eMagazines about home, garden and DIY

Have you used our eMagazines yet? We have an amazing collection provided by both Rbdigital and PressReader. Here is a selection of Home, Garden and DIY eMagazines available FREE through our eLibrary.

Gardening Australia [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

For those new to eMagazines on our website, instructions for using the RBDigital app are here.

homestyle [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Mollie Makes [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Backyard & garden design ideas New Zealand & Australia. [electronic resource] :
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Good housekeeping [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Homes & gardens [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

House beautiful [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

The kitchen garden [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Gardens Illustrated Magazine [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

Dwell [electronic resource].
An electronic journal, available in RBDigital.

The following two magazines are on PressReader. These are the instructions for using the PressReader app.

New Zealand gardener.
An electronic journal, available in PressReader.

Another New Zealand eMagazine from PressReader:
The shed : where dreams are made real.
An electronic journal, available in PressReader.

 

Some of our Central Library magazines have found new homes

A selection of over 70 magazines that you used to find at the Central Library have recently found new homes at some of our branch libraries. View the complete list of the reallocated magazines and their new locations.

These magazines are now available to be borrowed – pop into the library to browse the collection, or you  search our catalogue by title – where you’ll be able to reserve the issue you want for free, to be picked up from the branch you choose.


Lunch Lady has found a new home at Kilbirnie library; a selection of new-to-Karori library magazines.

The libraries where you can find formerly-Central magazines are Brooklyn, Island Bay, Karori, Newtown, Tawa and Wadestown.

Finding inspiration – The latest books and magazines in art

Our newest additions to the collection have a shared focus on mixed media, and how we can use this to really convey our perceptions of the world. We take a look at New Zealand artist Douglas MacDiarmid, some new approaches to how we create art, and finish off with a highlight of some of our digital magazines available through RBdigital, including our recent subscription to the Australian storytelling magazine Dumbo Feather.

Textile landscape : painting with cloth in mixed media / Holmes, Cas
“Textile Landscapes demonstrates how to develop your approach to textile art with a focus on using found objects and paint and stitch on cloth and paper. Cas looks at both urban and intimate spaces, capturing the changing seasons, the technical aspects of painting and dying cloth, experimenting with photos, creating stitchscapes, attaining inspiration from found objects, and so much more.” (Adapted from Catalogue)

 

Overdrive cover Paint Pouring, Rick Cheadle (ebook)
“Paint Pouring is a form of abstract art that uses acrylic paints with a runny (fluid) consistency. The acrylic paints react with each other when combined to make interesting and visually organic motifs. Fluid acrylics can be used on many types of substrates through various techniques such as pouring, dripping, swirling, glazing, dipping, and more to create dazzling and masterful effects.”
(Adapted from Overdrive description)

 

Colours of a life : the life and times of Douglas MacDiarmid / Cahill, Anna
“This biography is the lively, persuasive and colourful story of a talented bisexual man who had to leave New Zealand to find a life as a painter on his own terms. Now almost 95, still resident in Paris, he is oldest survivor of his extraordinary generation of creative New Zealanders, and perhaps a missing link — the one who got away and slid under the radar for choosing to pursue a global career rather than a domestic living.” (Catalogue)

 

Overdrive cover The Watercolor Course You’ve Always Wanted, Leslie Frontz (ebook)
Through thoughtful discussion, expert instruction, and in-depth step-by-step demonstrations, Leslie Frontz shows readers how to eliminate common barriers to achieve beautiful, captivating watercolor paintings. Beginning with teaching readers how to see with an artist’s eye, Frontz then establishes how watercolor painters build on this skill by making timely decisions throughout the creation process. (Overdrive description)

 

Dumbo Feather
Dumbo Feather is an iconic Australian magazine. Published quarterly for seven years, and hailed around the world as a design leader, it is a magazine like no other. Our readers are people who want to be told a different story than the one they hear every day. Each quarterly issue features five extended (20 page) profiles of people worth knowing, across enterprise, education, science, sport, politics, fashion and the arts. Whether they’ve touched millions, or just those around them, we take the time to get to know these people, and ask them to tell us their stories. (RBdigital description)

Artists & Illustrators
Artists & Illustrators is the UK’s best-selling magazine for artists and art lovers, providing advice and inspiration every month. Whether you favour oils or watercolours, portraits or landscapes, abstract art or botanical illustration, Artists & Illustrators brings a refreshing blend of creativity and advice every four weeks throughout the year. (RBdigital description)

New magazine issues for the branches

New magazines are slowly, but surely, heading out to branches now! With the closure of Central Library, there was no space to receive deliveries but the team have set up a temporary work space and are now able to unpack, sort and distribute new magazines to branches.

Don’t forget that many of our print magazines are also available through our eMagazine resources RBdigital and Pressreader.  You’ll be able to find the latest issues of The Listener, The Economist, the New Zealand Woman’s Weekly, Country Life, The Oldie and many, many more on these platforms as soon as they are published.  You can find RBdigital and Pressreader in our eLibrary.  Helpful information on getting started is here.

 

Magazines are free to borrow in March


All magazines except Bestsellers will be free to borrow in March. This includes adults and children’s magazines from both Central and the branch libraries.

This only applies to the standard issue fee, and not to other related fees such as out-of-towner, reserves or overdues.

So come on in and try some extra titles from our extensive range in cooking, sport, social comment, current affairs, DIY/home, arts and crafts, fashion, hobbies, and entertainment.

Star Wars at the library

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has opened in movie theatres today, so we thought we’d round up some of the Star Wars items we have on our catalogue.

Star Wars: The Complete Saga Star wars. The complete saga
“Relive the exhilarating action, spectacular battles and ultimate triumph of good over evil that make Star Wars the greatest space fantasy adventure of all time – and the ultimate entertainment experience for every family. The Star Wars original trilogy episodes continue the saga with Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Han Solo leading the rebel Alliance to claim victory over the Empire and win freedom for the galaxy.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverWilliam Shakespeare’s Star Wars : verily, a new hope / by Ian Doescher ; inspired by the work of George Lucas and William Shakespeare.
“Return once more to a galaxy far, far away with this sublime retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ‘Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearstome Stormtroopers, signifying…pretty much everything.
Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter — and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations — William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.” (Syndetics summary) Also available as an eBook through Overdrive.

Syndetics book coverPath of Destruction [electronic resource] / Drew Karpyshyn
“Once the Sith order teemed with followers. But their rivalries divided them in endless battles for supremacy. Until one dark lord at last united the Sith in the quest to enslave the galaxy-and exterminate the Jedi. Yet it would fall to another, far more powerful than the entire Brotherhood of Darkness, to ultimately realize the full potential of the Sith, and wield the awesome power of the dark side as never before!” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverStar Wars. Dark empire trilogy / [script, Tom Veitch ; art, Cam Kennedy].
“Six years after the fall of the Empire in Return of the Jedi, the battle for the galaxy’s freedom rages on. The Empire has been mysteriously reborn under an unknown leader, wielding a new weapon of great power. Princess Leia and Han Solo struggle to hold together the New Republic while the galaxy’s savior, Luke Skywalker, fights an inner battle as he is drawn to the dark side, just as his father was.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverI, Jedi / Michael A. Stackpole
“From New York Times bestselling author Michael A. Stackpole, one of the acclaimed masters of imaginative fiction, comes a stirring new tale set in the Star Wars universe, the story of Corran Horn, a heroic X-wing pilot who faces the greatest challenge of his life: trying to come to terms with his Jedi heritage and learning to use the Force–without succumbing to the dark side. Corran Horn was an officer in the Corellian Security Force before casting his lot with the New Republic. As the grandson of a legendary Jedi hero, he has latent Force powers that have yet to be developed. But he has managed to distinguish himself with Rogue Squadron, the X-wing fighter force that has become the scourge of the Empire and of the pirates that prey on Republic shipping.” (adapted from Syndetics summary)

Empire Dec 2015Or you can keep up with all the Star Wars news through our movie magazines Empire (in print or through Zinio) or Total Film.

Browsing is back!

Read your favourite magazines at the Wellington Central Library.

003.1jpgFind the latest copies of the most popular magazines to browse at your leisure!

From art, politics, business and fashion to food, gardening, sport and fitness you are sure to find a magazine you love on the new Reference Magazine stand, on Central Library’s First Floor.

As a result of popular demand, all new weekly magazines and the most popular monthly magazines are now ‘Reference’ only – until the arrival of the next issue – and are available at your disposal for information, leisure and entertainment.

If you come across an issue that you wish to borrow, you can still reserve a copy! Reference copies will be held at Central only; the latest magazine issues will still be available to borrow or reserve from our branch libraries.

Come in the library, read, relax and enjoy. Browsing the latest magazines from around the world is an experience you can’t miss!

Fabulous new additions to our Zinio collection

covers of a selection of new titles: Web Designer, Mollie Makes, The Atlantic, Fast Company, BBC Top Gear, Horrible Histories, Cuisine

We have added some great new titles to our WCL Zinio eMagazine collection which have just become available this week, free to read with your library card :

Architectural Review Asia Pacific | BBC Good Food Magazine | BBC History Magazine
BBC Top Gear Magazine | Bloomberg Businessweek | Cosmopolitan Australia
Country Living UK | Cuisine | delicious | Diabetic Living Australia | donna hay magazine
Fast Company | Fight Magazine – Australia | Gardens Illustrated Magazine
Girlfriend Australia | Gourmet Traveller | Horrible Histories
Linux User & Developer | Lonely Planet Traveller | Marie Claire Australia
Men’s Health Australia | Mollie Makes | New Zealand Handyman
Practical Parenting Australia | Prima Baby | renegade COLLECTIVE
Rugby League Week | SciFi Now | SFX | T3
The Atlantic | The Australian Women’s Weekly | Wallpaper
Web Designer | Who Do You Think You Are? | Woman’s Day (Australian ed)

When you’re browsing Zinio, you can locate any of these new titles by entering the name in the search box, or choosing a genre.

You can find a full list of our Zinio titles here. You might see that several titles which were available in 2014 are no longer listed.  This can be for either of two reasons – mostly that the publisher has chosen to remove their content or for some, they were of very low use and have been discontinued.

Of course, if you haven’t explored Zinio yet – there’s more information about this collection on our mygateway magazines page, together with advice on how to set yourself up on your desktop or mobile device. Enjoy!

zinio-sneakpeeks

Zinio Expo for magazine lovers this week

Zinioexponoborder
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] wcl.govt.nz to get your reserve cancelled should you wish to .