The Economist

Unfortunately The Economist will cease to be available from Libby after the January 28 2023 issue. This is because of restrictions being put in place by the publisher.
It remains available however through our eNewspaper service PressReader.
The print version of The Economist is available at the Core Library.

Find out about new issues

You can now set up Tags to be notified of new issues of magazines as they are published. These notifications will appear on your tablet or in the Libby app - use these instructions or view a video.

UK magazines

In addition we have brought all the UK magazines together in one collection on the app, and created a separate category for computer magazines, excluding gaming. See the revised instructions.

You can access the eMagazine service completely free of charge using your library card.

Download eMagazines from Libby

Read eMagazines

Our eMagazine service is provided by Overdrive through the Libby website and app - see the instructions for borrowing and reading eMagazines.

If you are playing the video click on the CC button on the bottom of the screen for subtitles.

For eMagazines login with your library card number and PIN. Contact 247library@solihull.gov.uk if you need to check or reset your library card number and PIN. Membership numbers issued with SLP, WP or H prefixes will work. 

You can download and read full digital copies of magazines (including back issues) available from your computer, smartphone or tablet, wherever you are.

Nearly 4000 worldwide and over 300 UK titles are available, along with 3 years’ worth of back issues.

Magazines available include popular titles such as:

  • Radio Times and other TV listings magazines;
  • Good Housekeeping;
  • Esquire UK;
  • Heat;
  • New Scientist;
  • Autocar; and
  • Hello;

but the larger range includes something for all interests, including children’s titles.

On Libby magazines are now loaned for 3 weeks rather than being available to keep. There is no limit on the number of eMagazines borrowed.

If you are just reading magazines downloaded from Solihull Libraries eMagazine service, the Libby app is available to download for Apple and Android devices, which also allows for offline reading. 

For Kindle Fires, the Libby app has not been made available by Amazon through its App Store as yet, but Overdrive have provided instructions on how to "sideload" it while it is waiting for approval.


With our eNewspaper service you can read full colour digital copies of over 7,000 newspapers and magazines from over 100 countries and over 60 languages on your computer, smartphone or tablet, wherever you are.

Magazines available include:

  • Empire;
  • Angling Times;
  • The Economist;
  • Country Walking;
  • plus many more.

Logging into PressReader from our website