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Magazines in Libby FAQ

Q – Are the magazines available to everyone?
A – Yes, Libby has magazines for everyone as long as you have a card from a library in the Westchester Library System.
Q – I only have a computer. I don’t have a tablet and my kids laugh at me when I take out my trusty flip phone. How can I use the Libby app?
A – Use your computer’s web browser to go to It works just like the Libby app you’d find on a tablet or a smart phone.
Q – So how do I get a magazine?
A – After you’ve logged in using your card number and PIN, search for the magazine just like you would a book. Type the magazine’s name into the search box next to the magnifying glass at the top and click (or tap) on the magnifying glass. “Check it out” like you would a book and you’re done. Don’t worry, even though you are “checking it out,” it won’t count towards your 10 checkout limit.
Q – I’m not looking for a particular magazine. I just want to see what’s available.
A – You can click (or touch) Libby’s search box to get it to display “More Options.” Then select Magazines from the format dropdown menu (See the screenshot below. That will display all 3000 plus magazines.

screenshot showing locations of more options and format menu

Searching for magazines in steps. Click for a larger image.

Q – Over 4000 magazines! I just want cooking magazines.
– Not a problem. Once you’ve gotten Libby to show you all the magazines, you can limit what it displays by genre, in this case  Food & Wine, by clicking on “more” to display a scrollable list of the genres. You may then have to refine your results further. Here’s a screenshot:

displays options for sorting results

How to sort your magazines. Click on it for a larger image.

Here’s what you get when you use the genre “Food & Wine” and then refine it by sorting by popularity:

results after sorting by Food & Wine and popularity

Battle of the titans! Vegan Food & Living battles Cooking with Paula Dean for most popular.

Q – This seems a little daunting. Can I get a real person to help me?
A – Absolutely. Call 914-834-2281 x. 3, Monday – Saturday 9 to 5 (Tuesday and Thursday till 8), Sunday 12-5 (September-June) or email A librarian will be glad to help you.

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