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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.

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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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
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.

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