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Zines! : About Our Collection

About zines at our library and elsewhere

What are Zines?

First, it's pronounced ZEEEEN.

Zines are hand-made and photocopied books. They tackle a wide variety of subjects, including political, feminist, literary, how-to, or personal (perzines). They are part of an expressive tradition stretching all the way back to Elizabethan pamphlets, with particular roots in fanzines and feminist expression of the 1990s.

Our zine collection is a small one designed to provide alternative perspectives and to provide a sense of the aesthetic of zines.

For more background on zines, see Jenna Freedman's definition-essay posted at the (awesome) Barnard Zine Library site.

Zines in Our Library

We collect zines that represent a sampling of local artists/writers, memoir (perzines), art and literature, gender and diversity, and contemporary protest movements. If you want to search for zines in our catalog, type in a keyword and add the magic command b8:zines.

You'll find our zines in a built-in display shelf on the outside of the Hasslequist Room on the library's main floor. Some zines are on display stands, and the rest are in a file drawer organized alphabetically by title. They can be checked out for two weeks. All of them are cataloged. Enjoy!

For more information, check out these sites. 

If you are zinester, let us know! Our collection is growing.

Zine Libraries

Zine Scholarship

Jason Luther of Syracuse University started a Zotero group for citations to scholarship on zines. Check out the group library to browse lots of books and articles on zines. 

Read Books About Zines


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Act Locally

The Gustavus library is happy to be part of the Zine Libraries of Minnesota Unconsortium! We'll try to keep up with local zine culture through this connection.


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