Digital Resources


How do I save the resources I like? Favorites allow you to save your favorite digital resources in one place. Accessing My Favorites Log into your Backpack, click on the Backpack icon, and select Favorites. Add Digital Resources to Favorites (or remove them) Click the Add To Favorites button next to the title you want to add to your favorites…

Missing Checkout or Request Buttons

Why do some resources in MackinVIA™ not have the option to check out or request? To check out or request titles, your school must have enabled the Backpack™ feature as well as the checkouts feature, you must be logged into Backpack, and the resource must be hosted by Mackin. Your MackinVIA™ may contain a variety of resources,…

Mackin-Hosted Digital Resources

Why do some resources open in programs with different features? All digital resources hosted by Mackin will open in the MackinVIA™ Reader. Some resources are hosted by other publishers, which will account for the differences in appearance and features.

Labels on Cover Images

What do the labels next to the cover images mean?  indicates there are no available copies of the title. means the title is checked out to you.  means you have requested the title. means the requested title is available. A notification will also display next to your Backpack when the requested title becomes available.

If Your Digital Resource Doesn’t Open

What if the resource does not open when I click on it? Make sure you have pop-ups enabled in your browser. Try closing the window and then clicking on the title again. If that doesn’t work, please report difficulties to your librarian or teacher.


My librarian saved resources in MackinVIA for my class/project. Where can I find these resources? Your librarian can create collections of digital resources for you to browse and view. These collections are called groups. To find your group, log into MackinVIA and click on the Groups tab. Select the name of the group to access the saved resources. Additionally,…

Favorites vs. Notebook vs. Checkouts vs. Requests

What is the difference between my Favorites, Notebook, Checkouts and Requests? Favorites is a place to save titles for future reading. Notebook is where you can view all the notes you’ve written about titles. Checkouts is where you can see a list of titles you currently have checked out along with return dates. Requests is where you can see a…

Check Out Digital Resources

Do I have to check out resources to read them? Many digital resources do not need to be checked out, meaning everyone can read them at the same time. Other resources can only be read by a certain number of students at one time. To check out a title, make sure you are logged into your Backpack™ account….


What are Categories? Categories provide a quick and easy way for you to find digital resources. Click the Categories tab on the left side of the screen. (Please note:  this feature must be enabled by your librarian.) Click on a Category to browse the resources in that subject. (Pictures my vary.) Watch a video!

Cancel Requests

What if I don’t need a resource anymore after I request it? You can remove yourself from the waiting list by clicking the Backpack™ icon and then Requests. Then choose the Cancel Request button next to the digital resource you want to cancel.