A zine can be loosely defined as an underground publication that is independently produced and self-published, typically photocopied. People make zines out if a desire to share stories, knowledge, thoughts, opinions, and experiences. Zines are made for love, not for profit.
What is the Papercut Zine Library?
The Papercut Zine Library is a fully functioning lending library. We have over 14,000 zines, independent newspapers, books, magazines, and audio/visual works. The library is run by a non-hierarchical collective of volunteers.
Can I become a member?
Yes, membership is open to all. Papercut sustains itself through member contributions, including early memberships which cost $14, and memberships on a sliding-scale. We encourage our patrons to contribute based on their own financial circumstance. Come by the library to sign up or you may email us and pay through out paypal, papercut[at]riseup[dot]net !
What are the benefits of becoming a member?
After you become a member, you are able to check zines out of the library for up to four weeks and peruse them at your own leisure. You are also subscribed to our mailing list, and eligible for special deals and prizes!
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?
Yes! You can send money via Paypal to papercut[at]riseup[dot]net. We can also receive checks made out to Papercut Zine Library.
Have a question not answered here?
You can email us via our contact page by clicking here!