The Thomas Tredway Library has a growing collection of zines (pronounced ZEENS). Zines are self-published, DIY, small print-run publications that can be about anything, but are often a place where people can express their thoughts and experiences that are not often found in mainstream publications. Usually, they are not created to make a profit.
Our zine collection has a social justice focus, and thus covers a wide variety of topics. Some examples include feminism, sexual assault, LGBTQ+ experiences, mental illness, discrimination, and much more.
Our zines are not available for circulation, but they are available to browse through and view on the main floor of our library, near the periodicals. Our collection can offer our current and future students a unique perspective to include in their research, as well as give students a chance to read about different (or similar) lifestyles to theirs.
Zines are purchased by the zine librarian from different zine distros (distributors), as well as from individual authors through Etsy shops or at zine fests.
Our criteria for purchasing are the following:
Creating access to works by authors from populations and communities frequently underrepresented in academic library collections is central to our process of selecting zines. Local zines do not necessarily have to meet these requirements. Local zines will be placed in our Special Collections.
Have you made a zine you’d like to donate to the collection? We’d love to have it! Please fill out and submit a donation form (available as an editable Word document or a printable PDF). The form is essential as it not only provides us with information about your zine, but also signifies your consent for us to include the zines in our collection. You can submit your zine by either emailing us a printable PDF of your zine, or dropping off a print copy.