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eBooks and eMagazines: Getting Started

Thousands of eBooks and eAudiobooks available anytime and from anywhere you have internet access—free with your library card!

Magazines through Libby

Libby is the preferred app for accessing digital magazines.


Add the Library of Virginia to your app in order to browse online magazines.

  • Select the Libby icon in the bottom center of the app.
  • Select Add Library.
  • Search for "Library of Virginia" and select the listing.
  • Sign into your Library of Virginia account. When prompted "Where do you want to use your library card", do NOT choose 'Library of Virginia'; tap Choose Another Location.
    Choose Another Location

  • Choose Fairfax County Public Library from the list of all of the VA libraries.
  • Enter your library card number and password (PIN). Sign In.


  • There are several ways to find magazines:
    • Search for a specific title in the Search box.
    • Under Preferences, change the Format from Any to Magazines, then Apply Preferences.
    • Select Explore then What's Available? Select Available Magazines to view over 3,000 titles. Browse genres under the More heading at the top, or select Refine to Sort By popularity, title, and more.

Borrow and Read

  • Select Borrow to check out a magazine.
    • Checkouts are unlimited - any messages referring to a 5-item limit refer to eBooks or eAudios from Library of Virginia, rather than magazines.
  • Open a title to scroll down for back issues.
  • Magazines can be zoomed in and out.
  • Tap the middle of the screen to navigate the issue.
  • Tap Read the Article to view a screen-friendly layout.


Switch between magazines (Library of Virginia) and eBooks and eAudiobooks (Fairfax County Public Library) by selecting the Libby icon and selecting each library.

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