Make n’ swap zines at the library

Create and swap zines and art at the library! On the last Thursday of each month we’re collaborating with Wellington Zinefest to create a space dedicated to zines. Make, swap, browse and chat with fellow zine enthusiasts for a couple of hours and get your creativity flowing. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring your own along too. There are also plenty of power points and USB chargers to keep your phones and laptops charged, if you’re working digitally.

There is also a swap element – if you have zines you’d like to swap, bring them along and trade your creations. Swaps only, no sales.

You may also choose to donate your completed zines to the library, which people will then be able to browse and borrow! Find out more about our zine collection here.

Our first meet-up is this Thursday 26th July, from 6-8pm. See you there!

Zine make n swap poster


Zines galore!

If you were part of our Zine workshops in July (see picture Gallery of the industrious crowd and amazing creations), you may have caught the zine bug and produced countless works of art & literature since. Do you know that we accept your zines in our collection? We are currently processing the last 6 month’s worth of donations which will soon be available on our shelves. Watch this space!

And don’t forget, Wellington ZineFest 2015  will be held on Saturday 28th November 12-5pm at Ivy Bar. Don’t miss this essential event in the creative Wellington calendar and find treasures and inspiration for your own zines. We will be getting some new zines for our collection, as always.


Wellington Zinefest 2015!

This year’s Wellington Zinefest is this coming Saturday, and we can’t wait! We get loads of our library zine collection from vendors at Zinefest, so you can be sure to see a whole lot of new zines on our shelves in the following weeks.

The event is this Saturday, November 28th, from 12pm-5pm. This year it takes place at Ivy Bar, in the James Smith building basement, at the bottom end of Cuba Street. Don’t worry, it’s definitely an all-ages event! Watch out for the signs on the day, they’ll make sure you get to the right place.

You can learn more about the libraries’ zine collection over on the Zines page, and if you have any zines you’d like to donate to the WCL collection we will gladly receive them! Just drop your zines off at the Central library, or your local branch so they can be sent to the central collection. If you’re a Wellington zine maker, we’d love to get 2 copies of your zine so that we can preserve one in our heritage collection. Make sure to include your name, the name of your zine, year of publication, and any other relevant information with your zines, so that we can make them easily find-able for library borrowers.

We also have the option of making your zines available through Overdrive, one of our eLibrary services. We reckon this would be particularly great for poetry and writing zines, but if you have an image based zine you’d like added to Overdrive, that is not a problem. Plus, we provide this digitisation service for free! If you’re interested in making your zines available to WCL borrowers on Overdrive, send us an email at

See you at Zinefest!

Zinefest poster

Zine Making Workshops for the Winter Zinefest

Zine Workshop sliderFor budding zinesters, we are very excited to announce a collaborative project to coincide with the Winter Zine Market that will be held on Saturday 18 July at the Thistle Hall (top of Cuba street)

Wellington City Libraries and well known local artist Kerry Ann Lee will be running a series of two Zine-Making workshops on Friday 17 July:
The afternoon session will take place at the Central Library (ground floor YA area) from 2.30-5pm, followed by an evening session at the Thistle Hall from 6.30-9pm.

Come and get inspiration from visual artist and zinemaker Kerry Ann Lee (who recently ran workshops at Te Papa  and Pataka Art + Museum), to create your own zine (check out our Zine blog here) from the myriad resources available at the library.

At the end of the first session, grab a bite in Cuba street and get some further inspiration from the city around you, as you make your way to the evening session at the Thistle Hall.

If you can’t join us for the afternoon session no problem, just turn up at the Thistle Hall for the 6.30pm start.

This is a FREE event. Although there is no need to book, it would be useful to tell us if you are intending to come on our Facebook Zine Workshops event page.

Library material and stationary will be supplied but you are welcome to bring your favourite supplies of pens, scissors & glue sticks!

Make this mid-July weekend a truly creative experience! Suitable for teens & adults.

UPDATE: Thank you everyone for your enthusiasm for these workshops! Please be aware that both venues have limited capacity so be sure to arrive on time to secure yourself a seat and a space to work 🙂

New zines! New zines! How do they get here?

Have you ever wondered how the zines in our collection make their way from the artists to our library shelves? Well, I hope you have because we’re here to dispel a little of the mystery! The particular zines in this haul were all bought from the 2014 Zinefest in Wellington, where our library zine coordinator Monty spends the day buying up loads of new zines for our collection. It’s an exciting time of year and a big job to get them all processed, but here it is recorded for you all!

First of all, here’s part of the huge stack of new additions:


Our first step is to choose a zine. I liked the lettering and illustration on the cover of this one. Then we put a pink “zines” sticker and a barcode. All our zines get these stickers, regardless of what kind of zine they are.

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Here’s Steph using a super fancy barcode ruler (it’s a piece of paper) to measure where the barcode should go so that our scanners will be able to read it. This was a big job so as you can see, we needed snacks!

This picture features my own zine, Sock Review!

Next, if it’s a zine by a New Zealander, it gets this koru sticker. You’ll see these stickers all throughout our collection indicating NZ authors.


Next we have to decide what kind of zine we’re processing. The categories we put our zines into are literary, personal, DIY, arts, comics and miscellaneous. Because this zine contains interviews with musicians, I put it into the “arts” category.


After that, we manually input the zine data into our spreadsheet. You can find that spreadsheet over on the Zines popular topic page, and you can search the document for title and author if you’re looking for something specific!


And then the zine goes onto the shelf! Most go on this shelf at Central, but some go to our zine collection at Newtown Library instead. Then we just have a hundred or so more zines to do this for!


You can find a bunch more information on our zine collection over at the Zines popular topic page.

New Zines!

After a recent zines processing party meeting (photos to follow!), I have some new favourite zines in our collection:

photo 3Tomoda’s Adventure by Zora Patrick
Manga lovers, get in!! This is a super cute zine all about Tomoda; written entirely in Japanese but with a very handy sheet of English translations.

photo 2Sock Review by Rachel Lynch
Me, as soon as I opened this zine: “This is the best thing ever”.
Me, two seconds later, having read who made this zine: “omg Rachel!!”
Following: hearty group laughter, because Rachel was sitting directly opposite me.
This is exactly what the cover promises: a review of Rachel’s sock collection. Including pros, cons, origin and marks out of ten for each pair as well as adorable illustrations. So whimsical!

photo 1The Doll Haus volume 2 by Rach
This zine made me lol a lot. Features: funny / creepy anecdotes, funny / creepy vintage advertisements and articles as well as some agony aunt stories. I like it a lot.

Zinefest 2014: (Secret) Mobile Art Print Space!

Follow the shiny shelves and wiggling wheels of this mobile art print space as it winds its way secretly around some of the capital’s most magical art locations. Stacked to the brim with a curated collection of delightful zines, artist books and exhibition catalogues you’ll need to ‘like’ Zinefest on Facebook and follow on Twitter to find out where to catch a glimpse of this trundling treasure!

Mobile Zine Library

Venue: Disclosed via but pssst – we’ll be hosting the print space at Central library from today until Monday 17th November! After that, you will need to follow Zinefest updates (or click “going” on the Mobile Art Space Facebook event) to find out where else it will be going in the leadup to this year’s event, which is approaching fast!

Wellington Zinefest 2014 will be held on Saturday 22 November at James Cabaret, 5 Hania Street in Mount Victoria. We can’t wait!

Amazing Zine Artwork Made By Kids

As a shout out  to our free kids Zine making workshop this coming Saturday here are some examples of Zine artwork and covers made by Zora, Oki and Dune Patrick, our workshop hosts and Zine makers. Materials and session provided by Wellington Zinefest and Wellington City Libraries.


This Saturday 18 October at Central Library,
65 Victoria Street, 10.30am – 12noon.