The Greater Victoria Public Library is introducing new library cards, featuring three attractive designs, available at all GVPL branches. The cards come with corresponding miniature key-chain cards for added convenience, and all card designs are available to youth and adults.
“We invite anyone who doesn’t have a library card yet to come in and get one,” said Alyssa Polinsky, director of communications and community development. “Library cards are free for all Greater Victoria residents, and give you access to books, magazines, DVDs, eBooks, digital movies and music, cultural and recreation passes and more. Your library card is the most valuable card in your wallet.”
Patrons who wish to replace their old card with a new design of their choosing may do so free of charge at their local library branch.
“The new cards are a little bit of fun in your wallet,” said Susie Jones, GVPL’s graphic designer, who designed the cards. “We want them to convey a bit of whimsy and lightheartedness, and now anyone can have a fun, colourful card.”
There are three new designs plus the classic blue card, which will still be available.
The Greater Victoria Public Library is also adding many of the world’s most popular magazines to its collection with Zinio for Libraries, a digital magazine collection. Hundreds of titles that span fashion, business, health, technology and more are available to view or download through the GVPL website or Zinio for Libraries app.
“Anyone with a GVPL card will be able to sign into the digital magazine collection and instantly read a magazine,” said GVPL CEO Maureen Sawa. “We are very excited about this service, as it adds another piece to our popular digital collection.”
There is no limit to the number of magazines you can check out and no need to return them. There are no holds, you can access the most current issues and you can even be notified by email when the latest issue of your favourite magazine is available.
The catalogue includes popular newsstand magazines, such as Martha Stewart Living, Allure, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Wired, GQ, Details, Rolling Stone, Glamor and Oprah, as well as National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, Bon Appetit, Mac World and Newsweek.
The library has acquired access to the digital magazines with a library-specific subscription to Zinio for Libraries, the world’s largest digital newsstand. You can instantly stream magazines on PCs and Macs or use the free Zinio for Libraries app to download magazines on your tablet or smartphone.
You can get started by going to gvpl.ca/zinio or downloading the Zinio for Libraries app on your device.