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Introduction to Zines

This is a starting point to learn about zine history, finding and researching with zines, incorporating zines into the classroom, and making your own zines!

Getting Started!

You can make a physical zine out of anything as long as you have a writing utensil and something to write on. But here are some other materials you might want to use to get started!

  • Paper (Construction paper, origami paper, lined paper, printer paper, post-it notes)
  • Pens, pencils, markers, colored pencils, crayons, and/or paint
  • Magazines, newspapers, stickers
  • Scissors, glue, tape 
  • Stapler (Or get fancy by using string/thread and a sewing needle, awl, or bone folder)
  • Any other cool items you may have lying around but never came up with a use for!

And if you want to make multiple copies, make sure to find a photocopier or scanner (there are a few at the library)!

Orange Room Zine Cart

A three-tiered cart full of craft supplies with the label "Zine Cart" across its top.

The Zine Cart lives in the Orange Room at the Main Library, although it sometimes travels for zine events across campus! It is regularly re-stocked with new craft supplies, such as stickers, magazines, scrapbook paper, and more.

The cart also has a Take a Zine, Leave a Zine box for zines designed by library staff and students, alike!