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Learn how you can use your VPL library card to access magazine, digital audiobooks and streaming video from RBdigital.

Getting Started

RBDigital Account

To access for the first time, enter your library card number and PIN via the Access Now button. You'll need to agree to an Informed Consent statement when you first initiate your account. As part of the process, you'll need to add your email address and a password to use with this service.

Once you are logged in, you can change your username or password under the account settings if you wish.

Checking out titles

Find a title and click on cover image to get to the title details page. From there, you can check out the most current issue of a magazine or click "ALL ISSUES" to find back issues.


All issues are available as full digital reproductions of the printed magazine. There is no checkout limit and no due dates.

Please note that The Economist has a limited number of checkouts for the current week's issue. Older issues of The Economist have no limits.

Reading in Your Browser

You can see all of your checked-out issues under My Collection, located in the upper right-hand corner of  RBDigital Magazine collection. Begin reading in your browser by clicking on the cover.

Flip through pages using the left and right arrow keys on your keyboard or by clicking on the back and forth arrows to either side of the page spread. There is also a left-side menu with options to view the table of contents, skip to a specific page, zoom in/out, launch the full-screen viewer, or print pages.

Please note: Titles cannot be downloaded for offline access to desktop or laptop computers, but they may be downloaded to mobile devices using the RBDigital app.

Reading on a Mobile Device read magazines offline on your tablet or phone, install the RBDigital app for iOS, Android, or Kindle Fire HD/HDX. Before using the app, you'll need to log in via the VPL website using a web browser (Safari, Firefox, IE, Chrome, etc) to create your account.

You'll need to log in to the app using the RBDigital account credentials rather than your library barcode.

Once logged in to the RBDigital app, go to the menu and select "checkout magazines". Tap on any issue that you've previously checked out to begin the download process. You'll need to open the title and tap the centre of the screen to watch the download progress bar (in blue, above the page thumbnails) to completely download each title. Once the title is downloaded, you can access it offline. Delete unwanted issues to save space on your device.