Read, loan and donate your zines.

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.

Wellington City Libraries have lending zine collections at three of their branches: Newtown, Arapaki on Manners, and He Matapihi Molesworth Library.

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.

Cataloguing Zines

The library's zine collection are loosely categorised into six topics identified by coloured dots on the covers:


  • Comics are orange,

  • Literature, such as poems and stories are green,

  • Personal zines, about the author and their life, are blue,

  • Art zines featuring drawings, photography, etc, are yellow,

  • DIY zines about how to make or do things are black,

  • Zines about politics, history, and everything else are white.

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.


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Online Zine Libraries

There are a good number of online libraries and archives where you can read and download zines on a wide range of topics.