City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 012821-2
Long Beach Public Library Offers Free Access to Popular Digital Magazines
Read Magazines From a Phone, Tablet or Computer
Jennifer Songster
Long Beach Public Library

Long Beach, CA - The Long Beach Public Library (LBPL) has more than 3,500 digital magazines now available through its OverDrive site for free.

“Providing free and easy access to thousands of digital magazines complements the many resources available through our public library,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “At a time when people cannot visit their local library in person, this new collection will make more magazines accessible and give readers the opportunity to explore new interests from home.”

With a valid LBPL library card, anyone can borrow from its digital collection by visiting the Digital Library or downloading Libby, the one-tap reading app from OverDrive. Popular magazines are the latest addition to the Digital Library which already includes thousands of free eBooks and eAudiobooks, newspapers, and research databases like Data Axle (direct marketing) and Ancestry for Libraries (genealogy research). 

“Our new magazine collection has titles from countries all over the world, including Mexico, Japan, China, Australia, India and Central and South America, all in the original published language,” said Library Services Director Glenda Williams. “We are excited to be able to offer such a diverse collection to our patrons.”

Magazines are full-page format, have no wait lists or holds, do not count towards checkout limits and provide readers the option to renew their selections. Readers can also download the magazines on Libby for offline use. 

This service is compatible with all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ devices, Windows® tablets and Kindle® [US libraries]. All titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period and there are no late fees.

Readers may browse the library’s digital collection, instantly borrow titles and start reading or listening for free by downloading Libby or visiting

Long Beach Public Library staff is available to assist readers by phone at 562.570.7500, Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

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About Long Beach Public Library
Long Beach Public Library, founded in 1896, serves a diverse urban city of close to half a million people. The Long Beach Public Library system includes Main Library and eleven neighborhood libraries and a vibrant online presence. In summer of 2017, the Long Beach Public Library was awarded the National Medal for Library and Museum Services in recognition of successful community-collaborations, innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and literacy-focused programs to the residents of Long Beach. With an emphasis on providing free and equal access to information and support for learning for a lifetime, the Library offers books, media, databases, Internet access, Family Learning Centers, makerspaces, and a variety of events ranging from story times to educational and cultural programs.

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