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Where do I find your eBooks, eAudiobooks and eMagazines?

Whatcom County Library System has one (1) eBook collection and one (1) eMagazine collection.

Washington Anytime Library 

Zinio - digital Magazines


How do I download items to my computer or mobile device?

Washington Anytime Library

First-time users: New to Anytime Library
Additional help after your first download


First-time users: New to Zinio
Additional help after your first download, goto Zinio login page and click on FAQ


How do I return items early?

Washington Anytime Library

Please note that you can return EPUB eBooks early not PDF eBooks. eAudiobooks in MP3 format can be returned early but WMA format can't.

On your Computer:

  • Open Adobe Digital Editions on your computer
  • In the Library View, click on the book you want to return
  • Click the triangular button next to the title to open the Item Options window
  • Click on Return Borrowed Item

On your Mobile device:

Only EPUB eBooks can be returned early (not PDF eBooks). When you delete the book, you will see an option for Return and Delete.

For Kindle:

Log into your Amazon.com account and go to the Manage Your Kindle; Click the drop down box Actions at the end of the title you want to return, then Choose Return This Book.


There is never a need to return eMagazines early.


How many downloadable items can I check-out?

Washington Anytime Library: Five (5) total downloadable items (includes both eBooks and eAudiobooks)

Zinio: There is no limit to the number of magazines you can download or view online.


How long is the borrowing period?

Washinton Anytime Library: 14-21 days-eBooks and 7-14 days-eAudiobooks

Zinio: After you subscribe to a magazine you can view or download it till the end of the year.


Can I renew the items I have checked out?

Washington Anytime Library: Titles cannot be renewed, but you can check them out again if they are available when the checkout period ends. [WAnytime]

Zinio: Once you subscribe to a magazine you can unsubscribe and re-subscribe to it anytime till the end of the year.


I live outside of Whatcom County and have a reciprocal borrowing card, can I borrow eBooks?

Washington Anytime Library: No, we are sorry but the contracts with the vendors do not allow us to make this service available for reciprocal borrowers. Please contact your local library about accessing eBooks.

Zinio: No. Same as above.

How do I request an eBook not in the Washington Anytime Library?

addtitlestorecomYou can now recommend titles to the library using a "Recommend to Library" feature. To use this feature, first login to your account and search for a title/author/keyword. If what you are looking for is not listed in the results, select “additional titles to recommend” from the dropdown list under “show me.” You can then see all available titles in the digital collection, including those that the library has not yet purchased.

Once you have located a title you’d like to recommend for purchase, select the title to see full title information and click on the "Recommend" link. You will be given the option to be notified by email or placed on the holds list if the library purchases the title.

Patrons can use the "Additional Titles to Recommend" feature up to twice per month.

At this time, if a title is not available by searching the Washington Anytime Library “additional titles to recommend,” the library is unable to purchase the title as an eBook (or borrow it from another library).


Still need help?

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