Getting started with RBdigital Magazines printerfriendly

RBdigial Magazines is a service that offers access to cover-to-cover, full digital editions of many popular magazines. Some magazines contain special content such as video or audio related to their articles. The magazines are current and are released simultaneously with their print editions.

Henrico County Public Library offers RBdigital magazines the HCPL Digital Magazines page and via the RBdigital app. Check out as many issues as you want, and keep them in your account as long as you wish. There are no expiration dates.

The Free RBdigital app is available for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire devices and can be found in their app stores. 

What devices work with RBdigital?

  • Windows and Mac OS web browsers
  • iPad
  • Android
  • Kindle Fire

What you'll need:

  • Your HCPL library card
  • Internet access
  • Your Email address
  • A free RBdigital account

Getting started — Create your RBDigital account

You'll use your RBdigital account to browse, check out and read the Zinio magazines that HCPL offers. First, you'll need to use a web browser to set up your account.

  1. In a web browser, visit the HCPL Digital Magazines page and click Create New Account in the upper right corner.
  2. Enter your library card number when prompted.
  3. Enter your name and email address, and choose a password.
  4. After creating your account you will be logged in to RBdigital, and can browse the magazines offered by the library.

Checking out and reading magazines

Once your account is set up, you can continue using the browser to browse, check out, and read digital magazines - or you can search your device's app store for the free RBdigital app, and use it to download magazines to read on the go. 

  1. Go to the HCPL Digital Magazines page to browse the collection of magazines the Library offers.
  2. Click the cover of a magazine to see its current issue, a description, and a list of back issues. 
  3. Click Checkout and log in to RBdigital if prompted. The issue will be added to your Collection.
  4. Select Keep Browsing to add more magazines to your Collection. If you're using a PC or Mac, you can click Start Reading to read the magazine right in your browser.

In your Web browser

  1. Go to the HCPL Digital Magazines page to browse the collection of magazines the Library offers.
  2. Click on the cover of a magazine to see its current issue, a description, and a list of back issues.
  3. Click Checkout and log in to RBdigital is prompted. The issue will be added to your Collection.
  4. Click Keep Browsing to add more magazines to your Collection or click Start Reading to read the magazine right in your browser. 
  5. Click My Collection to see the magazine issues you have checked out.
  6. Click the cover of the magazine you'd like to read. The magazine will open in another window/tab. Use the navigation buttons at the right and left to flip pages.

On mobile devices

  1. Install the RBdigital app and log in using your RBdigital account to access your magazines and download them for offline reading. If you have any magazines checked out you should see your most recent checkouts.
  2. To browse the collection, tap the menu icon (≡) in the upper left-hand corner and select Magazines. To search, tap the magnifying glass icon (🔍) near the upper right corner.
  3. Tap a magazine's cover to see its current issue, a description, and a list of back issues.
  4. Select Checkout under the magazine's cover to check it out to your account. The button will change to say Read. A list of magazine issues you've checked out can be found in the Checked Out section of the menu.
  5. Select the Read button to begin reading.
    • Swipe left/right to turn pages.
    • Double-tap or pinch/stretch to zoom in and out.
    • Tap the center of the screen for reading options, like an overview of articles and pages, and a text-only reading mode. Tap the close icon (×) in the upper left to exit the magazine.