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Use this guide as a starting point for research on zines and as an introduction to major zine collections. This guide will help you locate zines and materials about zines at Charles Library, in other libraries, and in online databases.

Looking for zines in library collections

Try searching in our library catalog, The Library Search, in other library catalogs, or in WorldCat using the following keywords:
  • Alternative Press
  • Artists' Books
  • Fan Magazines
  • Fanzines
  • Little Magazines
  • Self-Publishing
  • Underground Press
  • Zines


Arcade is the catalog of the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC). Arcade unites the collections of the Frick Art Reference Library and the libraries of the Brooklyn Museum and The Museum of Modern Art.

Search Artists’ Books in Arcade to explore the zines at the Brooklyn Museum and MoMA. 

Notable Zine Collections

It can often be difficult to find zines in libraries. And every zine collection is different. Many libraries keep zines in their archives but may not have cataloged their holdings. More zine collections are being cataloged, however. The following are some of the most expansive, historically important, and prominent national zine collections.

Zines at Temple