Have you explored our Zine Collection?
It doesn’t hit you over the head with its presence, sitting at the end of the hallway on the middle floor, but don’t let its modest appearance deceive you! With over 400 zines to peruse, and a rotating cast on display, there’s no shortage of interest, entertainment, and education to be found on those shelves! Come by and check it out!
The collection was started in 2008, and boasts a healthy selection of personal and political zines, as well as a category for poetry & fiction, art & comics, sexual health, bikes & animal rights, prison zines, DIY (do-it-yourself) zines, history zines, zines in other languages, and locally produced zines by Marlboro folks.
The collection is currently undergoing a growth spurt, and new zines are being added every week. We’re working on beefing up our DIY section, as well as our zines about bikes, history, and foreign language zines. We also hope to introduce a new category for environmental zines, gender/identity, race/class, travel, and food/cooking.
For that matter, we are currently seeking new contributions! If you have zines you’d like to donate to the library, we are accepting donations over the course of the next two weeks (while we have someone here to catalog them!), and would welcome zines on any subject. Zines by Marlboro community members are particularly welcome. Zine donations can be given to a librarian at the service desk or left in the box labeled “Zines to Donate To Library”, located in the Zine Collection.
As always, feel free to search the collection online at LibraryThing. Zines can be searched by title, author, series, or subject (tag).
And just for fun, if you’re out and about in the northeast, here are some other cool zine libraries you can visit to garner some zine inspiration:
Papercut Zine Library in Allston, MA
Flywheel Arts Collective Zine Library in Easthampton, MA
Brooklyn College Zine Library
Barnard Zine Library
New York Public Library Zine Collection
Hampshire College Zine Collection in Amherst, MA
Smith College Zine Collection in Northampton, MA
Carnegie Library in Pittsburg, PA
The Soapbox: Philadelphia’s Independent Publishing Center in Philadelphia, PA
In the meantime, spread the word! Visit our collection! Read, celebrate and make zines!