Immigrant tip: how your Toronto library card can save you hundreds of $

Here’s the thing: I’ve always wanted a subscription to The Economist, but could not afford it. Until a few days ago!

Just a few of the magazines I’ve checked out in Zinio using my Toronto Public Library card. FREE!

There are literally dozens of magazines in several languages, that you can download on your tablet, or read on a computer, for FREE, through the Zinio service courtesy of the Toronto Public Library.

The Economist is one. Billboard is another one. Just the two of them will set you back a significant $ amount every month, if you subscribe directly.

And this is available not only in Toronto – I’ve seen the same service being available in Boston, and I assume in many other North American cities with a good library.

All you need to get them free online is your library card.

The setup is a breeze.

Here’s what I did in less than 3 minutes: Zinio on your tablet and setup an account

2. go to the Toronto Public Library’s zinio page, , and setup an account with the same email you used in Zinio.

3.check out as many magazines as you wish

4. return to your tablet: the checked out magazines are ready for download in Zinio!

Oh, and did I mention free music and movies offered by the library for streaming with a service called Hoopla?

Instantly borrow free digital movies, music, and more, 24/7 with your library card.

Freedom starts here, now.
Bringing you hundreds of thousands of movies, full music albums, audiobooks and more, hoopla is a revolutionary digital service made possible by your local library.

From Hollywood blockbusters to best selling artists and authors – not just the hits, but the niche and hard-to-find as well – you’ll soon discover that hoopla provides you the freedom you’ve been searching for to experience, explore and enjoy what you want, when you want, and where you want.

Simple to access and use, without the hassle of having to return the items you’ve borrowed, all you need is your library card, a web browser, smart phone or tablet to get started. The freedom you want is here, now. Sign up today!


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