Digital Magazines Now Available

https://www.rbdigital.com/serls/service/zinio/landing?***The Meigs County District Public Library is pleased to announce that we are now offering digital magazines through a service called Zinio.  By participating in a group purchase with several libraries who are members of the Southeast Regional Library System (SERLS), we have been able to purchase the digital magazine subscriptions at a greatly reduced cost.  Magazines are available to an unlimited number of library customers at one time, so there is no waiting for someone to return the new issue before it is available to you.  Everyone can have the new issue as soon as it is published. 

As with all of the new technology, there are some hoops to jump through in order to access the content, but library staff is willing and able to help you get started.  There is a Zinio link on the library’s homepage which you can click to create your Zinio account.  The magazines can be viewed on any number of devices including your home computer, ipad, iphone, Kindle, NOOK, Blackberry and/or Android device.  The service also requires use of the Zinio app which is free and can be downloaded from the apple store, Google Play or anywhere you normally download apps for your device.  Wi-fi is required for the initial download, but once you have downloaded the content, you do not need wi-fi to view it. 
 

Library Use is Increasing

             2012 was a very busy year for the Meigs County District Public Library.  Even with budget cuts still in effect, library usage has increased.  Some of the increase is due to the library’s membership in the Ohio Valley Library Consortium (OVLC), which allows for sharing materials with 6 other libraries in the region.  Meigs County is what is known as a “net lender” in the program.  Overall, we lend more items to other libraries in the consortium than the number of items our patrons borrow from consortium libraries.  That’s not to say our patrons don’t borrow a lot though. 
              Here are a few numbers from our recent annual state report.  The Meigs County Library currently has 22,142 registered borrowers, 16,406 of whom are adults and 5,736 of whom are children.  Of those registered, 7,907 have used their library card in the last 3 years.  Library staff circulated 169,913 items in 2012.  This number was made up of 133,368 adult items and 38,545 children’s items.  E-books hit an all-time high at MCDPL with 4,129 circulations in 2012.  We provided 12,122 items to be borrowed by other libraries around the state including 150 libraries in the MORE (Moving Ohio’s Resources Everywhere) Consortium, and the 6 libraries in our more local OVLC consortium.  From those same libraries, we borrowed 7,309 items for use by our patrons in Meigs County. 

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