Zines (a contraction of magazine, pronounced the same) are self- or independently-published small circulation works.
The simple and low cost production gives independent and minority artists and writers a format to record and distribute their work outside of traditional and often restricted means.
Auckland Libraries holds over 1000 local and international zines to browse and borrow.
They are housed at the Central Library (and include an historic NZ reference collection) but most are requestable to any local branch.
Beginning with the bulk donation of the Cross St Studios Zine Library when it closed in 2010, it has been added to by personal donations and the addition of the Spacething and Audio Foundation Zine Libraries in 2016.
The collection continues to grow and still accepts donations.
Our general zine categories:
- Personal zines – about or narrated from a personal perspective; covering a broad range of experiences and people talking about essentially anything and everything
- Political zines – voices from New Zealand and around the world, including often less-heard grassroots perspectives
- D.I.Y. zines – how to’s, recipes, carpentry, recycling, music, art and more
- Visual art zines - originals and reproductions of people’s art, includes gallery guides
- Music zines - anything music related, including interviews, history and lyrics
- Comic zines - independent graphics
- New Zealand zines - your local
Contact our zine librarian with any questions or to arrange donations:
Browse and request titles online.