Zine Library

Zine (noun)– short for fanzine.  Usually self-published with a small circulation.

Zzine stacks at the Denver Zibne LibraryZines are  not a traditional library staple.  However, Denver (not Denver Public Library) has had a zine library since 2003.  (See picture above.)

From Atlas Obscura,  “Armed with their collection of 2,000 zines and a desire to build a community around these publications, writers Jamez Terry and Kelly Shortandqueer moved to Denver and founded the Zine Library in 2003. Since opening, the collection has grown to include over 15,000 examples of these small-circulating and often self-published magazines.”

Library is only open on Saturday and Sunday, 11-3 pm and by appointment. To make an appointment, e-mail denverzinelibrary@gmail.com

For more info about zines in general, check out Zinewiki– “an open-source encyclopedia devoted to zines and independent media. It covers the history, production, distribution and culture of the small press. ”

Zines are replacing traditional magazines according to an Economist article in October 2017 “As Big Magazines Lose Readers, Home-made “Zines” Are  Springing Up”

The New York Times had an article “Why the Internet Didn’t Kill Zines” dated Feb 28, 2017.  It’s more of an opinion piece or essay than a news feature.

6 thoughts on “Zine Library”

  1. Seems there’s always been a niche for this kind of publication — amateur journals in the early 20th century, the “samizdat” scene in Soviet/communist countries, etc. Zines seem to be another manifestation of that impulse.

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  2. Great post and further reading links. Thanks for sharing. The need to form communities is one of the basic laws of human nature (cf Montesquieu).

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