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ABZ: Artists' Books & Zines: Collections

A guide to the artist's books and zines in Ricker's collections, materials across the university library system, notable makers of interest, and further related resources.

Selected Zines at Ricker

Overview of the Zine Collections

Collections within collections

Zine-making is often more social in nature than the traditional book writing process. Zines can be collaborative projects with many contributors adding to the pages of a single issue, and it's not unusual for them to be part of an exchange where copies of a zine are sent out in return for others. Because of this many of the zines available at Ricker are listed as collections within the collection rather than as individual booklets, so be on the look-out for that!


Where else to look?

Besides Ricker Library, there are some other libraries at the University with substantial numbers of zines within their collections. This includes, but is not limited to:

The Main Library 

The International and Area Studies Library 

The Undergraduate Library 

The Social Sciences, Health, and Education Library 

The Rare Book and Manuscript Library 

RBML has a custom advanced search tool

The University Archives 

The University Archives also has one. Generally, unless the materials are in Oak Street Library for off-site storage, they won't come up in a regular search through the main library catalog



What else to look out for?

Sometimes, what will come up in a search for zines are items that may not match what your definition of zines is, but may still be related and helpful to your questions anyways. These are some of the common overlapping terms and subjects:


comic books, strips etc. 

graphic novels 



punk culture 

independent media 

alternative media   

underground  [insert here variations on press, comic books, media, strips, etc] 

zines specimens 

Videos of Zines at Ricker

Zines at the University Libraries

The following databases are great places to search for journals, articles, essays, and reviews:


These are some specific examples of materials you can find through them: