One of the many great perks of your library card is having access to dozens and dozens of free digital magazines as soon as they roll off the press. There are cooking magazines, sports magazines, kids’ magazines, gardening magazines, news magazines, fitness and fashion magazines, and more…something for everyone.

All you have to do is visit our website, scroll down to the ‘Online Research Tools’ box at the bottom, and click on the ‘Digital Magazines’ icon (that looks like the one in the photo). You’ll be taken to RBdigital, where you can create an account in just seconds with your 14-digit library card number. If asked, please select your ‘home’ library to register. (Note that although the page says ‘Allentown Library District,’ you do not need an Allentown Public Library card — just your purple Lehigh Carbon Library Cooperative card or a card from your home library).

You’ll then be able to pick from a slew of digital magazines — and either flip through them right then (you may need to install an app first, accessible through the links at the top of the RBdigital homepage) or flip through them at your leisure — simply by adding them to your account. When you find a title you like, either click on the small icon underneath each magazine (see below, left, circled in red), or click on the magazine cover to be taken to the magazine’s landing page, then click on the blue ‘Checkout’ button (see below, right). You’ll also be able to see and access all of that magazine’s back issues from that page, going back several years in many cases.

The best part is, there are no due dates and they stay in your account as long as you like. Plus, you can check out as many as you like, and — unlike actual magazines — they won’t take up any room on your coffee table.

Have questions about accessing free digital magazines online? Leave a comment below or send us an email.