Wellington City Libraries
Wellington City Libraries are big supporters of Wellington's zine scene. They hold a large collection of zines, mainly purchased at our Wellington Zinefest markets.
Zines at the library are free to borrow, and are issued for three weeks, just like books. Nearly all the zines are written by local New Zealand authors and produced in New Zealand.
Following the 'Zine' tag on the WCL blog is a great way to check out zine news from the libraries.
They also host the Lucky Drop zine vending machine in their venues.
Submitting your Zine
It's easy to donate your zine to the WCL collection. All you need to do is hand it in to the staff at any of their branch libraries, and label it as a donation. It will then get sent to be processed - special zine stickers will be attached, and it will be added into their catalogue.
Once the zine has been processed, it will be available for lending from Newtown, Arapaki or He Matapihi branches.
Find out more about Wellington City Libraries:
National Library of New Zealand
The National Library, which is based in Wellington, collects all New Zealand published material - including zines. They work to keep a record of what has been produced in Aotearoa, look after them and
help people access and use our collective knowledge.
The National Library encourage you to share your zines with them through their submissions process. They've created a zine which explains why you should submit, and how to do so, which you can download here.
Submitting your Zine
The zine National Library have made covers this pretty well, so we'd recommend reading that first - download here. Submitting to the National Library involves filling out their "publication for
legal deposit” form, which you can find here, and either sending digital or physical copies to the library. At Wellington Zinefest markets we also sometimes have a deposit box, where you can submit your zines in person.
Find out more about the National Library of New Zealand:
Online Zine Libraries
Aside from those on our own Downloadable Zines page, there's a massive amount of zines hosted online which you can read, download and distribute for free.
Typically these are political zines, or quite old zines saved in archives. Many also invite you to share your own work with their collection.
This Arizona-based indigenous resistance movement was founded to provide strategic communications and direct action support for Indigenous community’s sacred lands defense. As part of this kaupapa, they have an archive of zines on indigenous activism available for free download.
Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more. They have a large collections of zines available, including collections from long-running zines like Maximum Rock'n'roll, media fanzines from as far back as the 1960s, UFO zines and much more.
P.O.C Zine Project
POCZP is a project making zines by people of color easy to find, distribute and share. They curate and produce events that center POC-authored publications, have established an archive, cultivates digital platforms that share POC zines and provides grants, tools and events for zinesters.
The Freedom Archives
The Freedom Archives contains over 12,000 hours of audio and video recordings as well as zines and other print materials dating primarily from the late-1960s to the mid-90s. These collections chronicle the progressive history of the Bay Area, the United States, and international movements for liberation and social justice.