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RBdigital eMagazines

Information about Northland Libraries RBdigital eMagazines service and RBdigital for Libraries apps for reading and downloading digital magazines and comics. 
Updated: 19/03/2021 11:26 a.m.

On 18 March 2021 eMagazines moved from RBdigital to OverDrive
and its Libby app.

RBdigital eMagazines will be discontinued.

More information about the move to OverDrive and the Libby app 


Link to Northland Libraries RBdigital eMagazines website. Opens in a new window.

RBdigital magazines and comics . Get unlimited free access to your favourite magazines and comics with RBdigital for Libraries

Whangarei District Libraries have partnered with Far North District Library, Kaipara District Library and NorthTec Library to provide the first combined libraries eMagazine service in New Zealand using the RBdigital platform.

Through the Northland Libraries RBdigital eMagazines website, members of these libraries have access to a great range of magazine and comics titles.

You can borrow as many as you like and keep them for as long as you like, it's free and there are no overdue fees!

Read magazines and comics on any device using the RBdigital app for offline reading. Magazines and comics can be printed, shared or emailed – and you can easily bookmark a magazine to save where you’re up to.

To use Northland Libraries RBdigital you will need

  • to be a current member of Whangarei District Libraries with a valid library card number and PIN.
    Please note: Library membership expires every 2 years when you will need to contact us to update your membership details.

  • Internet access

  • a compatible device with software or an app for offline reading

    Please note: Amazon Kindle eReaders are generally not a compatible device for reading library eBooks in New Zealand.

  • an Adobe ID to authorise your devices for reading eBooks with DRM copyright protection.

Get the RBdigital app

Link to RBdigital for Libraries app for iOS on iTunes website. Opens in a new window. Link to RBdigital for Libraries app for Android devices on Google Play. Opens in a new window.

Using Northland Libraries RBdigital eMagazines

Go the Northern Libraries website on a computer.

Create an account

Click Create New Account link in the top right hand corner of the web page and enter your Library Card barcode number, then fill in your name, email address and a password.
You will receive a welcome email from RBdigital Gateway to confirm your account has been created.

Link to RBdigital Northern Libraries

Northland Libraries RBdigital eMagazines

2 Browse and read magazines and comics

In an Internet browser on your computer, laptop or mobile device, go to Northland Libraries RBdigital eMagazines website.

  • Browse or use the search box, or find magazines by the genre dropdown menu.
  • Click on the cover of the magazine you would like to read.
  • Click Checkout button.
  • A pop up box will open, click Start Reading button.

You can also opt-in to be notified by email when new issues are added to your magazine collection.

3 Download magazines and comics onto mobile devices

RBdigital app

You can read magazines using a browser on your mobile device or you can read them offline using RBdigital app.

Install the app on your device then open to set up:

  • Select country: New Zealand
  • Select library: Northland Libraries RBdigital eMagazines
  • Log-in using your email address (which is your user name) and password for Northland Libraries RBdigital eMagazines account.

All magazines you have checked out to your account on the Northland Libraries RBdigital eMagazines website will be available in your app.

To download make sure you have an internet connection and tap the magazine cover.
Stay logged into the app when you go offline.

RBdigital. Note: All magazine browsing and checkouts are completed using the Northland Libraries RBdigital eMagazines website on an Internet browser,
not through the RBdigital app.

Need Help

eReader tutorials at the Library

We offer free tutorials for Library members who need help learning how to download and open eBooks, eMagazines and eAudiobooks onto their mobile devices.

Contact us to make an appointment for a lesson:





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