[FAQ]

What is a zine?

A zine can be loosely defined as an independently produced, self-published, underground publication, typically photocopied. People make zines out of a desire to share stories, knowledge, thoughts, opinions, and experiences. Zines are made for love, not for profit.

What is Papercut Zine Library?

Papercut Zine Library is a fully functioning lending library, open to the public. We have over 15,000 zines, independent newspapers, books, magazines, and audio/visual works. The library is run by a non-hierarchical collective of volunteer librarians.

Can I become a member?

Yes, membership is open to all! By becoming a member of our library, you are able to check zines out for up to 4 weeks. You are also supporting the library, as membership donations make up a large portion of our fundraising. You may decide to make a one-time, sliding-scale donation — or sign up as a yearly member for $12/year to receive benefits such as a membership card designed by a local zinester! You can come by the library to sign up or you may email us and pay through out paypal, papercut[at]riseup[dot]net !

Do you sell your zines?

We do not sell zines from our lending library. However, sometimes there are extra zines/underground newspapers/etc that we will put together in grab bags called “Bag o Mags.” These can be purchased on our Storenvy or at the library! We are also distributing current zines by Marissa Falco, Liz Prince, Brian Connolly and more through Lorem Ipsum (the bookstore that houses us)!

When can I drop by?

The Zine Library is open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays from 2pm to 7pm.  Come by any time we are open!  We will also open by appointment.

How can I get involved?

We are always looking for new librarians or volunteers to help out. Librarian meetings are every Mondays at 7:30 p.m. at the library; come by to learn more about the librarian training process, or what volunteer opportunities we might have available. (Our meeting times occasionally change. We strongly encourage new volunteers to call or email the day of the meeting to check in with us and let us know you are coming!)

How can I donate zines to the library?

We would love to add your zines to our collection, however we are not currently taking bulk or large boxes of donations. We are most interested in current, locally made zines as well as zines to supplement the following sections: Queer/Trans, Religion, Humor, Foreign Language, and Education/Parenting.
How can I donate money to the library?

You can send money via Paypal to papercut[at]riseup[dot]net.  We can also receive checks made out to Papercut Zine Library.

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You can email us via our contact page by clicking here!

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