Zine and Indie Culture Libraries

(This list, and all of our resources, are a work in progress. 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

Anchor Archive Zine Library (Halifax)
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.

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

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.

Toronto Zine Library  (Toronto)
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.

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.

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

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

USA

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.

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh Main Zine Collection (Pittsburgh)
The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh’s zine collection is made up of the donated Comic Release zine collection, which focuses heavily on comics and art zines, and the general adult zine collection, which also has literary, personal, and various types of informational zines, for example zines on activism, biking, gardening, and zine librarianship.

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.

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 browseable through the center’s online catalogue.

The Papercut Zine Library (Somerville, MA)
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.

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.

Zine Library at the Brooklyn College Library (Brooklyn)
Brooklyn College has been collecting zines since 2011. The zines within the collection focus primarily on life in Brooklyn or have some relevance to students of Brooklyn College.

International

The Autonomous Centre of Edinburgh (Edinburgh, Scotland)
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.

The Cowley Club (Brighton, UK)
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.

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.

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

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

Octapod Zine Library (Newcastle, Australia)
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.

Salford Zine Library (Salford, UK)
This library, which formed in 2010, aims to share any and all creative self-published work. To donate to the library, mail works to 48 Landos Court, Gunson Street, Manchester, M40 7WT UK.

Zineopolis (Portsmouth, UK)
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.

(blurbs by Sab Meynert)