Our patrons now have unlimited access to more than 90 online language courses. Learn a new language on your own time, at your own pace in the library, in the comfort of your own home, or on the go with the Transparent Language app for the iPhone® and Android™.


The rising ubiquity of ebooks has seen a lot of media coverage. By late 2012 the number of Americans who had read an ebook in the last year jumped to nearly a quarter of those over the age of 16. Libraries are as enthusiastic about providing access to information as ever, and many offer downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, music, and even online courses. In an ongoing effort to improve its services, last week the Heartland Library Cooperative rolled out yet another option in digital content: digital magazines.
Zinio, styled as the world’s largest newsstand, provides libraries with digital access to popular magazines from the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Mexico. So far over 1000 library systems have subscribed, and HLC is excited to be one of them. At the moment there are 40 titles available through the Cooperative’s website. These include popular titles like Us Weekly, Prevention, Shape, National Geographic, Shape, Woman’s Day, Runner’s World, Cosmopolitan and many more. You can read your Zinio magazines on your tablet, smart phone or computer. Once you have downloaded the magazine, it is yours to keep.


Zinio for Libraries Account Set Up and Checkout Guide

Full digital copies of your favorite magazines are available through the Heartland Library Cooperative website. The Cooperative has subscribed to Zinio, an online service providing instant access to popular magazines. The magazines have no checkout limits. You are able to check out copies of your favorites and keep them as long as you like. The magazines may be downloaded to your computer, notebook, tablet or smart phone. We have magazines on art, automotive, entertainment, home, lifestyle, news, science and technology, sports and more. You will need a current, valid library card to be able to check out magazines. The directions for setting up your Zinio account are here:

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Did you know that as a member of the Heartland Library Cooperative you have received a free scholarship to higher education? Yes, the document that authorizes this scholarship is your library card. The Cooperative’s website listed on the back of your card ( is the portal to this opportunity. Once you’ve accessed the website, look for the section labeled “e-media” on the left hand side of the page. Go to the last item “Universal Class Online Classes.” Clicking on this will take you to a Registration page for Universal Class New Members. Once registered, you can peruse what subjects are available among the 500 offered courses. These range from Accounting to Writing Skills and everything in between, including GED preparation. You may enroll in up to 5 courses at a time and have six months to complete a particular course. A “real” class instructor is assigned and communicates with each student via personal email. The classes are self- paced. Why not give Universal Class a try? I’m sure you’ll find something personally interesting among the 500 courses offered and hey, maybe we might cook together sometime!–Frank Phillips, Library Assistant.