Zines at Seattle Public Library

Posted by Kristen Shuyler on Monday, October 30, 2006 at 4:21 PM PST

This post is about the Seattle Public Library, not Seattle University's Lemieux Library, but I thought it might interest Seattle U students. And if you publish a zine, I hope you'll consider donating it to the Seattle Public Library (see below for details).

What's a zine, you ask? A zine (pronounced "zeen") is a small, hand-made, usually non-commercial, self-published magazine.

By the way, if you haven't visited SPL's Central Library, which was designed by a world-famous architect, you might be surprised at what a unique building it is! See the photos below.
Google Map from SU to SPL 

Message from Seattle Public Library:


The Seattle Public Library (SPL) is starting a trial zine collection at the Central Library. Located in the Teen Section, the collection will feature zines created by younger people in the Pacific Northwest, especially the greater Seattle area. Patrons may read zines in the library or borrow them to enjoy at home.

We encourage local self-publishers to help us broaden our collection by donating their zines, comics, and other self-published literary endeavors to SPL.* Our goal is to create a collection that will represent the amazing variety of zines, comics and other self-published works produced by young people in the Northwest and introduce these often-overlooked publications to a wider audience. By creating a zine collection, we also hope to broaden patrons' opportunities for pleasure reading and self-education through alternative literary forms. We particularly favor zines and comics that are produced by teens and younger adults (13 to 30 year-olds) who are greater Seattle residents.

Please send your zines to:
Jennifer Bisson
Teen Librarian c/o Teen Center
Seattle Public Library
1000 4th Ave
Seattle, WA 98104
or drop them off at the Teen Center desk located on the 3rd level of the Central Library. If you have any questions or comments about this program, please write to Jennifer at TeenCenter@spl.org

Thank you for your help and please check out your zines and others at the Central Library!

* SPL may not accept zines that do not meet our collection guidelines. If we cannot include your zine in our collection, we will encourage you to donate your creation to Richard Hugo House's Zine Archive & Publishing Project (ZAPP), a non-circulating zine library and workspace in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle. Contact ZAPP at zines@hugohouse.org for more information about their collections.

(Photos of SPL by Jan Tik)