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How to Read eMagazines in Overdrive

More than 3,000 magazines are at your fingertips with our new Overdrive platform and the Libby app.The most exciting news is that members now have two options to check out and read digital magazines in Overdrive -- by downloading and using the Libby app or by reading on your computer.

To begin reading magazines on your phone or mobile device using Libby, here is a video to help you get started. 

To read magazines on your computer using a web browser, please use the following steps to access MI's digital magazine collection:

  1. Go to Mechanics' Institute's website

  2. From the Downloads tab, choose eMagazines.

  3. This will bring you to a page that says, "Browse Subjects"

  4. Click on the "See all 3, 338 Magazine titles" heading.

  5. From this page, you can sort by date added, title, popularity, etc. and browse OR type your desired title into the search window.

  6. Choose a title and click the "Borrow" button.

  1. Select the "Read Now in Browser" button. The magazine opens in a new window. See screenshot below:


  1. Click on the edge of the page and your cursor will flip the pages or use the arrow keys on your keyboard. 

  2. Click in the middle of the page and a menu will pop up so you can read by selecting the 


page number using a search box OR by sliding a menu button to scan the pages. 

  1. That's all there is to it! If you need further assistance, please email MI staff at [email protected] or call 415-393-0102 between 8:30-5, M-F. Please note, technical assistance is not available on weekends. 

Posted on Mar. 16, 2021 by Celeste Steward