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Zine Collection

All zines, all the time!


We're so glad you're here!

If you have any questions, use the contact information to the left.

What is a zine?

According to Wikipedia, a zine (an abbreviation of the word fanzine, or magazine; pronounced /'zi:n/ "zeen") is most commonly a small circulation publication of original or appropriated texts and images.

Zine Collection Philosophy

Zines are an informal mode of self-expression well-suited to the philosophy of community-building at Lesley University and the Episcopal Divinity School. The Sherrill Library Zine Collection gathers the diverse ideas, experiences, interests, and personal histories of these communities and presents them as both a browsing collection and a collection that is preserved in the University Archives.

Where Are We?

The Zine Collection is located in the lower-level Paper MakerSpace.

Check out our supplies for zine-making and other paper-crafting projects!


Is the Collection Accessible to the Public?

Yes! There is a rotating selection of zines on the lower level of Sherrill Library. 

The physical address is 89 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138. 

How Do I Submit My Zine?

  • Zine submission is open to any Lesley or EDS community member, including students, alumni, staff, and faculty.
  • The author will submit a hardcopy of their zine(s). No electronic copies are accepted at this time.
  • Each author must sign and submit a "Zine Submission Form" (see PDF below).

How Do I Make a Zine?

  • Below are PDFs that explain zine-making in simple, clear, but varied ways. Pick your favorite and start making zines!

Read About Zines & Zine-Making

We're not alone!

If you need some zine inspiration, or are looking for a field trip destination, there are other zine libraries in the area that may be of interest to you!

The Papercut Zine Library, located at 10 Ward Street in Somerville, boasts a collection of over 14,000 zines on a wide range of topics. 

Western Mass has three zine libraries, for those who are willing to travel farther afield:


Hampshire College Zine Collection

Girl Zine Collection at Smith College

Simmons College Zine Collection

Barnard College Zine Library