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A guide to zines, DIY/homemade publications which allow folks to tell their own stories or share information. Topics include mental health, disability, queerness, race and racism, sexual assault, political topics, recipes, and much more.

Using the Zine Collection


How can I look at the zines?

Faculty, staff, students, and the public are welcome to come view zines in the University Archives reading room, located on the second floor of Belk Library, open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you'd like to make a special appointment to look at zines, feel free to schedule something. 

I'm interested in incorporating zines into a course I'm teaching. How do I go about doing that? 

Awesome! We're happy to help - we can provide zine research instruction, provide a tour of the zine collection, offer a zine-making workshop in your class, or help you turn your syllabus into a zine. Please reach out to us here!

Do the zines circulate?

Generally, we don't circulate the zines, but we can talk if you need some flexibility! 

How do I look for zines?

The best place to start is in ArchivesSpace, our database that contains the guides to the zines. Not all zines have been cataloged, so let us know if you're looking for something you don't see. 

Am I allowed to reproduce the zines?

Researchers are allowed to make copies or snap photos for their personal research use. We do not permit the publication of zine images or substantial textual material in print, online, or in a public format without securing consent from the zine creator. 

But aren't you going to digitize it all and put it online?!?

No. It violates zine librarians' code of ethics, and it's tacky.