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About the Wellington City Libraries' Zine Collection

Wellington City Libraries has a collection of nearly 1300 zines (and growing!) with special emphasis on locally produced Wellington zines.

Zine (pronounced "zeen") comes from the words "magazine" and "fanzine" and is a self published, inexpensively produced publication with a small circulation. Zines come in paper form, usually written in computer-printed or handwritten text, photo-copied and stapled.

People who make zines are motivated by a desire to express themselves. For that reason a zine can be on any topic from art and music to politics and social commentary.

Zines offer a unique insight into people, their points of view, politics, philosophies and lifestyles, while locally produced zines also help preserve information about our history and culture that might otherwise be lost.

At Wellington City Libraries, zines are divided into two collections:

Open access zine collection

Our collections are located at Arapaki Manners Library and Newtown Library.

We feature zines created locally, nationally and internationally on a range of topics sure to interest just about everyone. We have zines full of crafty DIY instructions and recipes, travel zines, music zines, self-published comic books, and loads more.

All these zines can be issued for 3 weeks at no charge. So please grab a few to read in the Library or take home with you.


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