What is a Zine? (pronounced ZEEN, like Maga-zine)
Simply put, zines are homemade magazines that are published via a photocopier and distributed in a somewhat unconventional manner (by mail, at coffee shops, through friends, etc.). There are many variations on this practice, but most zines are used to express thoughts and feelings that the creator expects would otherwise not be published or shared through more mainstream media. For more information, see the Brooklyn College Library Zine Collection page at the CUNY Academic Commons.
We collect zines about life in Brooklyn, as well as zines that have relevance for student interests, or the curriculum of Brooklyn College.
Our collection primarily consists of:
(1) Print zines. This is a print zine collection, and thus no e-zines or online materials are accepted as part of the collection at this time.
(2) Zines that are connected to Brooklyn, support the interests of the students at Brooklyn College, or would support the curriculum of Brooklyn College.
(3) Zines made by Brooklyn College students or alumni--any zine made by our students or alumni will be accepted into the collection.
(4) Zines about zines, zine-making and zine culture.
(5) Zines that discuss life from the perspective of members of the Working Class, or zines that are made by people/students who balance work, life and scholarship simultaneously.
(6) Zines by People of Color, and/or that discuss issues of race, culture, and identity.
Access to the collection as well as reference and research assistance is offered to all Brooklyn College students, alumni, faculty, and administrators as well as other members of the CUNY community. Visitors must present their valid CUNY identification at both the campus security and library entrances to gain access to the first floor browsing collection and the zines housed in Special Collections. Contact the zine librarian (email below) for more information or to make a research appointment.
Access is available to outside researchers, writers, and students, who should secure permission from the Zine Librarian prior to visiting the collections. All collections, unless otherwise restricted, are available for review by responsible researchers. Please contact the Zine Librarian, at zinecollection (at) brooklyn.cuny.edu to set up an appointment.
After making an appointment, upon arriving at the Brooklyn College campus, you must present a valid photo ID to security officers at both the campus and library entrances. Please let the Library security officer know that you have made an appointment to view the zine collection with Professor Alycia Sellie.