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Making Zines at the Library

A zine-making kit at the Circulation Desk, showing various supplies inside including paper and stickers.Zine-Making Kits

To get started, you might want to play with one of the library's three zine-making kits, available for checkout at the Circulation Desk.

Bring your Augustana ID and you can use these kits totally free, and keep anything you make.

Each kit contains materials such as paper, old magazines, stickers, washi tape, glue, scissors, and markers, along with basic instructions.

Odds and Ends

One of the best things about zines is that there really are no rules. However, there are a few things to keep in mind.Zines from our collection demonstrating color pinting, black and white on colored paper, and a colored paper cover.

1) Most zines are done in black and white. You can make one in color, but that does add up in price when you're printing copies.  Doing it in black and white makes it more convenient when you're using the photocopier. To add color, some zines are printed on colored copy paper, for all pages or just the cover.

2) Pencils tend not to show up as well once you photocopy your zine. If you're worried about making mistakes on your zine, do it in pencil first and then trace over with a black pen.

Do whatever feels right for you when making your zine. You can fill it with poetry, prose, photos, drawings, or anything else that you feel works.

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Photos
  • Magazines
  • Markers/pens 
  • Photocopier 
  • Stapler
  • Washi tape
  • Lots of creativity!

By default, the creator of an image (or the creator of any other creative work) generally has the copyright for that image. This means that the no one except the creator can use, sell, or make derivatives of the image without explicit permission from the creator, with few exceptions.

Licenses are a popular, standardized way for creators to give many people certain permissions that are otherwise reserved to the creator under copyright. For your zine, look for images that you have permission to use.

Common Types of Licenses

Creative Commons (CC)

The Creative Commons organization has developed a popular set of licenses that let creators mix and match what permissions they want to give others used when an author/creator wants to share their work for others to build upon or use

Public domain

Not technically a license, "public domain" describes works where there are no property rights involved, normally due to the rights expiring and not being renewed by the owner. Some people also publicly waive all their rights to a work in order to put it into the public domain, such as by using the CC0 license from Creative Commons. Read more about public domain here.

How to make a zine