This guide is intended as a starting reference point for folks who want to learn more about artists' books and zines. Whether that be out of general curiosity, an interest in looking for technical inspiration, or for an academic paper, the following tabs feature compiled resources from the collections at the University Libraries and tips on how to navigate the catalog to find them. Highlighted are interesting examples within the collections that can be previewed via staff recorded videos and requested through their linked catalog pages. Of course, the Library, as large as it is, can't represent the whole world of artists' books & zines, so additional creators and distributors of their work are also offered as reference points.
For folks unfamiliar with artists' books and zines, their respective pages provide some definitions and related research guides to peruse. Since these works push the traditional boundaries of what a book is, they can be a bit tricky to catalog and subsequently, find in the usual ways. Some more specific advice about ways to conduct your searches is also detailed on there.
Following these tabs is information on collections outside the University system, organizations, and some more explicitly technical resources. This includes: how-to videos, books on paper-making, and various print studios.
Please feel free to reach out to us about any questions, feedback, and suggestions you might have!
This guide was created by Tacia J. Díaz Fonseca, Ricker Library Graduate Assistant 2020-2022.
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