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GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — Did you know you can access nearly 350 of your favorite magazines here and around the world? Magazines like Forbes, GQ, National Geographic, Vanity Fair and Vogue are available at your library. And it’s free.


Last year, U.S. Army garrison libraries in Europe modernized their magazine service by replacing print magazines with e-magazines available anywhere with an internet connection.


Zinio is the online subscription service available globally to DoD card-holders. Both past and present editions can also be downloaded for offline reading.


The initiative, which began in February of 2013, has standardized on-post offerings throughout the region, reduced annual costs, created more space in physical locations for an expanded book selection, and converted magazines into readily-accessible and convenient content.


Magazines, which are popular impulse items at the store, can be valuable during lazy days or long waits. Instead of flipping through publications at the PX, searching through archives online, and spending several dollars for a single issue, make use of the free, instant-access provided by your library and maximize your reading experience. Here are five simple steps to access Zinio:


STEP 1: Library card

  • Register your DoD card at the library with any representative behind the desk (CAC/dependent cards serve as a library cards).


STEP 2: “My Account”

  • Ask the representative to activate “My Account,” your personal feature, where you can manage your library account (renew, search, order, research, download). The login will be your email address and a personal four-character pin.


STEP 3: Log-In

  • Go to the Army Europe Libraries website at
  • Locate the login box to the left and enter your “web login” (email) and pin


STEP 4: Zinio

  • At the top banner, under “Army Europe Libraries,” select “e-content,” the page for downloadable material, such as e-books, audiobooks and movies.
  • Click “View eMagazines” in the tab bar, and select “Zinio.”


STEP 5: Pick a magazine

  • To read a magazine, select one of the various magazines on the front page or enter the title in the search bar.

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