Salford Zine Library

Contribute to the first UK Zine Librarians zine

Do you work with a zine collection? Then consider submitting something to this zine that some friends of SZL are putting together. I’m in the middle of writing my submission now! You have until the end of the month to gets yours sorted and here are the details.

Call-out for contributions to the first UK Zine Librarians zine

We are looking for contributions from anyone that works with zine collections for the first UK Zine Librarians zine. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know how to use photoshop, or perhaps have never picked up a pritt stick and scissors before. All contributions are welcome. You can submit anything you like, but here are some topics to get you thinking:

  • Tell us about your zine library and how it is used.
  • What do zines mean to you?
  • What role do zines play in libraries? Why are zine collections important and how can libraries and their visitors benefit from them?
  • What challenges do you face? Skills? Staffing? Budget? Space?
  • What are your favourite zine libraries and why?
  • Tell us about how you set up a zine library collection.
  • Have you ever used zines in libraries for research?
  • Do you have advice for librarians working with zines? Any cataloguing tips? Ideas for fundraising?

This is just a short list, but there’s no limit on what you can contribute. You can write, draw, create a comic, submit photos, or show us your collection development policy, anything is welcome. The contributions must relate to zine libraries in the UK and Ireland. There are already existing resources, mostly for zine librarians in the US, and while these are useful, we are interested in developing our own resources.

This isn’t an academic journal so please feel free to write in your own voice and style. We won’t be checking spelling or grammar and we won’t be judging on how creative you are.

The zine will be A5 black and white format. Please consider leaving a small border round the outside of your work to make it easy to photocopy.

You can send your contributions to or get in touch if you would prefer to send a physical copy in the post.

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