Zine and Indie Culture Libraries

Welcome to our collection of zine and indie culture libraries from Canada and around the world. If you would like us to add your library to the list, or if you would like to give us a tip about a library we’re missing, email assisteditor@brokenpencil.com


Canada

Alberta
Calgary Zine Library 
(Calgary)
A collection by the Zine Tree Collective offering thousands of zines from local and international creators. (Facebook)

British Columbia 
Douglas College Library (New Westminster)
Douglas College Libraries has a collection of zines to be taken out on an honour basis.

Lowercase Reading Room (Vancouver)
Housing over 1,000 titles on textual oddities ranging from pamphlets and manifestos to preciously handcrafted fur-lined books, this is a place you should visit if you can.

Vancouver Public Library’s zine collection (Vancouver)
The Vancouver Public Library’s has a catalogue of zines for your perusal.

Manitoba
Junto Library (Winnipeg) 
A collectively-run library featuring zines and other political materials.

Nova Scotia
Anchor Archive Zine Library
 (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
The Anchor Archive Zine Library is open twice a week for patrons to enjoy the collection of over 4,000 zines which can be browsed and borrowed. To take zines out of the library one must become a member by either donating a suggested amount of money or donating a zine. They also have zine-making supplies and workshops, events, and a distro of their own. (Facebook)

Ontario
The Anarchist Library
 (Toronto, Ontario)
An archive focusing on anarchist texts for download. (Facebook)

Arrow Archive (Guelph)
Arrow archive has over 900 titles and is still growing. They accept donations.

Seneca Zine Library (Toronto)
A collaborative project by Seneca libraries, the School of Creative Arts and Animation, and the Independent Illustration Program, this zine library is home to 140 titles and includes a mix of purchased works and zines created by Seneca students.

Toronto Zine Library (Toronto, Ontario)
Dedicated to the integrity of zines, this place is run by a collective of zine makers, zine librarians, and zine readers who believe in promoting zines as a method of communication and expression through workshops and events. (Facebook)

The OCAD Zine Library (Toronto)
Located within the OCADU Campus at 115 Mccaul Street, if you are a student or alumni of OCADU you have access to hundreds of zines collective from everywhere, ranging in subject matter from perzines to art to politics. (Facebook)

White House Studio Project (Toronto)
Located in Kensington Market, The White House Studio Project is a multi-platform arts collective that features a casual in-house zine library. (Facebook)

XPACE zine library (Toronto, Ontario)
XPACE’s new zine library collects zines, comics, bookworks and anthologies from local and international artists. (Facebook)


USA

New York 
ABC No Rio Zine Library (New York)
Established in 1998, the ABC No Rio Zine Library contains over 12,000 (yes, twelve thousand!) titles dealing with independent, underground and marginal publications mostly focusing on addressing political and social issues, but ranging through music, travel, and the like.

Barnard College Zine Library (New York)
Housing zines written by cis- and transgender women with an emphasis on women of colour, the titles here focus on feminism and femme identity by people of all genders, dealing with subject matter from activism and anarchism to parenting, trans experience, etc. (Facebook)

New Paltz Zine Community (New York)
Founded in 2014, New Platz Zine Community is dedicated to making, collecting, and archiving zines. (Facebook)

Mellow Pages Library (Brooklyn)
A zine library and reading room featuring collection of over 4000 zines. (Facebook)

North Carolina
Bingham Center Zine Collection (Durham)
A collection of 4000 zines created by women, girls, and women-identified people.

Tennessee
Chattanooga Zine Library (Chattanooga) 
A collection of zines located in the Chattanooga Public Library’s 4th Floor, which is a public educational facility. (Facebook)

Washington
ZAPP: Zine Archive and Publishing Project 
(Seattle)
Founded in 1996, ZAPP is a volunteer-driven archive of over 30,000 zines and self-published materials. (Facebook)

Michigan

Michigan Zine Libraries
 
(Michigan)
A collection of zines including titles from throughout the history of zines from all around the world. 

Trumbullplex Zine Library 
(Detroit)
Founded in 1993 (though many artists have been calling it home since the 70s), Trumbullplex is an anarchist housing collective with an active show space and zine library. (Facebook)

Nevada
Las Vegas Zine Library (Las Vegas)
The LV Zine Library is an independent library of hundreds of zines hosted by Beat Coffeehouse. There is a Zine Drop Box where you can add your zine to the collection. (Facebook)

Wisconsin
Queer Zine Archive Project 
(Milwaukee)
Launched in 2003, the QZAP encourages current and emerging zine publishers to continue to create, valuing a collectivist approach that showcases the diversity of experiences falling under the ‘queer’ umbrella. (Facebook)

Florida
Civic Media Center Zine Library (Gainesville)  
With hundreds of Zines in their directory, the Civic Media Center houses an impressive collection on a wide variety of topics. (Facebook)

Jacksonville Public Library Zine Project (Jacksonville) 
A project with a mission to “circulate and preserve alternative media resources that inspire readers to re-examine and learn from alternative and under-served voices that represent our community.” (Facebook)

Massachusetts
Flywheel Zine Library 
(Easthampton)
Flywheel is a non-profit, volunteer-run, arts space featuring a zine library of 3000. (Facebook)

The Papercut Zine Library 
(Somerville)
The Papercut Zine Library is a lending library run by volunteer librarians with a focus on hand-made independently produced materials. Subject matter ranges from ’80s punk rock zines to hand-crafter perzines bound with yarn. (Facebook)

Missouri
Paper Planes Zine Library (Springfield)
A project a project to bring zine awareness to the SWMO area. In addition to a zine library, Paper Planes also holds zine workshops and symposiums. (Facebook)

Oregon
Bend Zine Library 
(Bend)
A collection of 700+ zines located in Utilitu Sewing & Design near downtown Bend, Oregon. (Facebook)  

Independent Publishing Resource Center 
(Portland)
Established in 1998, the center is dedicated to encouraging a visual and literary publishing community, providing a space to gather and exchange information and ideas, as well as to produce work. The IPRC also houses a zine library of over 6,000 self-published and independently produced materials that is browsable through the center’s online catalogue. (Facebook)

Pennsylvania
The Soapbox 
(Philadelphia)
A nonprofit community print shop and book and zine making centre. Soapbox also features a library of 2000 handmade publications and zines. (Facebook)

Colorado 
Denver Zine Library (Denver)
Established in 2003 this zine library houses over 10,000 zines from all across the world. They also lend out zines and hold workshops, both in the library and elsewhere. (Facebook)


International

Zine Collection on the Archive
An online collection of THOUSANDS of zines.

Australia
Octapod Zine Library (Newcastle, New South Wales)
The aim of this Australian zine library is to provide the local community with a variety of resources to enable a participatory, innovative and sustainable artistic culture. (Facebook)

Zine Institute (Queensland)
A volunteer, artist-run institute with a lounge, zine library, and resource working space. (Facebook)

UK
The Cowley Club (Brighton)
Collectively owned and run by volunteers involved in grassroots social change, Cowley Club is a cafe and bookshop during the day, and a members bar during the night aiming to provide an alternative atmosphere. (Facebook)

London College of Communication Library Zine Collection (London)
A collection of nearly 2000 zines. The collection contains zines primarily made in the 21st century, though some date back to the 1970s. (Facebook)

Salford Zine Library (Manchester)
This library, which formed in 2010, aims to share any and all creative self-published work. (Facebook)

Zineopolis (Portsmouth)
The University of Portsmouth launched this zine collection after the Illustration Degree students created a group zine project in 2007. The library continues to house zines created by students at the school and those that have been donated from outside. Art zines are the focus of the collection.

Scotland
The Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh (Edinburgh)
ACE is a collective run and used by a variety of groups and individuals aiming to share experiences, skills and knowledge in an atmosphere that lacks hierarchy. The centre collects printed matter that aims to help improve homes, communities, workplaces and lives. (Facebook)

Ireland
Forgotten Zine Archive (Dublin)
Volunteer-run community archive of zines with a mission to “serve and preserve the bourgeoning zine scene in Ireland.” (Facebook)

Italy
Fanzine Italiane (Italy)
A Fanzine site mostly in Italian but which uses Google Translate to share information in other languages. This site would be most useful to people who speak (or at least read) Italian.

France
La Fanzinothèque (Poitiers)
French language zine library in Poitiers, France. (Facebook)

Les Musicophages (Toulouse)
This resource centre for contemporary music collects and shares zines and small press printings that relate to modern music. (Facebook)

UDODUF: Utopie Documentaire Du Fanzine 
A French language collection of 1800 fanzines. (Facebook)

Zines of the Zone (Nantes)
Zines of the Zone is a traveling, pop-up zine library going across Europe adding to their collection. (Facebook)

Netherlands
Zas Zas Zine (Amsterdam)
A comic and zine archive centre located in Amsterdam. The collection is focused on feminist, queer, and POC zines. (Facebook)

Philippines 
Studio Soup Zine Library (Manila)
A distro and zine library located in Manila, Philippines. (Facebook)