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Zine Categories for Browsing
Our circulating zine collection is found on Level 3 of the Central Library. Currently it is a browsing collection within each category (not in title or author order).They can be borrowed just like a book.
ART & CRAFT (artist books, crafts, fine arts, art crit., photography, performance, film etc.)
BIKES (cycling, bike culture, motorcycles, bike repair)
CLASS (class struggle, money, housing, poverty, capitalism, economic inequality, gentrification)
COMIC (minicomics, cartooning, graphic novels)
COMPILATION (anthologies with no dominant theme)
EDUCATION (teaching, subbing, unschooling, alternative education, libraries)
WORK (occupations [i.e. food service, trucking, sex trade, etc.], labour stories, unionism)
ZINES (zine reviews, how to make zines, zine history, zine librarianship)
If you would like to donate your zine or your zine collection to the Vancouver Public Library, please refer to our Donations policy.
The Library reserves the right to decide the disposition of all gifts received. All donated material is reviewed according to the same selection criteria applied to purchased materials. Processing costs and space for housing are considerations.
All gifts become the property of the Vancouver Public Library.
Material that is not needed for the Collection may be sold for the benefit of the Library.
Please note: we do not have facilities to preserve personal zine collections for archival purposes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. Drop off your zines at any branch of VPL Attn: Zine Committee.
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What's a zine?
zine also 'zine, n.
(pronounced zeen, like bean; derived from magazine)
Zines are handmade, underground publications that resemble little magazines or chapbooks. They are most often a labour of love, inspired by a need to communicate and connect with like-minded folks, or as an avenue for disseminating art or political ideas. Zines are produced from a desire for self-expression not for financial gain, true to the DIY ethic. They can be fiction or non-fiction, cover any subject and are most often written from a personal standpoint. They are usually self-published in small print runs by photocopying , using basic binding techniques (stales, string, or elastics) and come in many shapes and sizes.
As casual and intimate as a good friend, these zines give a glimpse into Kelly's challenges and support system, including transitioning to living as a man, coming out, and dealing with issues of gender identity.
Lovely little comic zine about the things that happen on the way to work. Jason Turner is a published comic artist whose graphic novel "True Loves" made it onto Vancouver Public Library's One Book One Vancouver short list for 2007.
Dr. Ware applies the question, "What would Tintin do?" at every fork in the road and every step in his path through life. You don't need to be a Tintin fan to appreciate this witty and insightful zine.