Archive for category: MackinVIA

Change Your School

I am a teacher/librarian at multiple schools in my district. How do I change schools in MackinVIA? Staff members in qualifying MackinVIA accounts have the ability to access resources from other schools within the district using the Change School feature. Please Note: Your district must have…

Searching Through eBooks

How do I quickly search through eBooks in MackinVIA to find titles on a specific topic? Searching through eBooks is easy with Deep Discovery Search. Select eBooks and type a word or a phrase in the search box. For example: “Pearl Harbor”. Click the search button or press Enter. Our system…

Searching Through Databases

How do I quickly search through databases in MackinVIA to find articles on a specific topic? Searching through databases is easy with Deep Discovery Search. Select Databases and type a word or a phrase in the search box. For example: “John F. Kennedy”. Click the search button or press Enter….

Export Your Notes

How do I save my notes to Google Drive or OneDrive? MackinVIA allows you to export notes and highlights from your Backpack to Google Drive or OneDrive. First, log into your Backpack with your User ID and password. Click on the Backpack icon and choose Notebook. If you want to export all of your…

About MackinVIA

MackinVIA™ is a program that makes it easy to access your school’s digital resources. You can use MackinVIA on any desktop, laptop, or mobile device with Internet access. If you would like to download titles to read offline, our free MackinVIA app is available for all major mobile devices….


How do I rate a resource I like or don’t like? MackinVIA allows you to rate digital resources, one star being the lowest and five stars being the highest. As long as you are logged into your Backpack, you can select a star rating by clicking a resource’s title or cover image to…

Supported Platforms and Devices

What platforms and devices are supported? Online Browser Requirements for the 2017-2018 School Year: For the best online reading experience: Internet Explorer: 11 and up Edge: 14 and up Chrome: 56 and up Firefox: 52 and up Safari: 10 and up Offline Device Compatibility for the 2017-2018 School…


Is the MackinVIA™ Reader secure? Titles are protected by a state-of-the-art encryption/decryption process, and all users are authenticated. In addition, downloaded titles are limited to one device and cannot be shared.

Offline vs. Online Reading

What is the difference between reading digital resources online and offline? Online reading is done through a web browser. The user must be connected to the Internet. Offline reading can be done when the user is not connected to the Internet. However, the resource must first be downloaded from…

File Format

What file format does the MackinVIA™ Reader use? Mackin has developed a proprietary file format. We take eBook files from the publisher and put them through a process to convert them into the MackinVIA™ format.