The Zine Library began in July of 2017 for International Zine Month. Many of the zines in this collection are from Orange County Zine Fest, Los Angeles Zine Fest, Joshua Tree Zine Fest, Long Beach Zine Fest, Tijuana Zine Fest, American Library Association Zine Pavilion & Zine Librarians unConference. This collection also features many Spanish language zines from Mexico City.
Benjamin Franklin (Boyle Heights)
Thanks in part to folks from the L.A. Zine Fest, the Benjamin Franklin Branch Library has been able to establish a sizeable donation-based zine collection now available to our library patrons. Our collection reflects only about a quarter of the diverse and varied collection from the L.A. Zine Fest library but we are excited to have it accessible to our community here at the branch. Donations are accepted to support our growing zine collection.
Cypress Park's zine collection is a mixed pot of new voices as well as established ones, such as interviews and other excerpts from Razor Cake (an Alice Bag interview spanning an entire issue!). Some as small as the palm of your hand and some the size of a composition notebook. Content-wise, from cute to thought-provoking, subversive to promoting self-care. Mostly local writers and artists.
Edendale (Echo Park)
Donations are an integral part of the Edendale Branch zine collection. The collection relies on generous donations from local bookstores (Stories, Skylight, Secret Headquarters), printing presses (Tiny Splendor, Hesse Press, Inventory Press, Martian Press), and zinesters. We also received zines from participants in the 2018 LA Zine Fest and the following local Collectives/Organizations: Thick Thigh Collective, Skid Row zine, Feminist Library on Wheels, Echo Park Film Center, AntenaMóvil, High Desert Test Sites, LA Zine Fest and Women's Center Creative Work. Artist Hellen Jo donated over 300 zines from her personal collection.
Felipe de Neve
The new Felipe de Neve zine collection, a diverse and eclectic mix of zines of makers of all ages and experiences, is dedicated to our late patron Ian Irizarry and includes zines by Ian’s sister Poliana Irizarry aka Polianarchy. The zine collection is located in our Teen room.
The new Goldwyn Hollywood zine collection can be found alongside our graphic novels, comics, and manga. We welcome all sorts of donations, but we're especially interested in zines that reflect the social, ethnic, and creative diversity of the Hollywood neighborhood.
The Palisades Branch Library Zine Collection contains zines from all over the world in multiple languages. Home of the Los Angeles Public Library Zine Club, many of our zines come from our members. Most recently, we acquired zines from the 2023 No Borders Zine Fest presented by Errant Press in Venice, California. Previous to that, we acquired zines from OC Zine Fest, San Diego Zine Fest, L.A. Zine Fest, and Long Beach Zine Fest. We also have many bilingual zines in English/Spanish from trips to Mexico City’s Cafeleería and El Chopo.
The West LA Zine Collection collects zines from makers of all ages in Los Angeles and Southern California. We welcome bilingual zines, and zines that reflects the myriad ethnic, cultural, and aesthetic forces that comprise Los Angeles.