Los Angeles Public Library Zine Collection Policy

What is a zine?

Zines are self-published works that have a limited print run. Zines are usually created with the intention of sharing one’s thoughts, feelings, creativity, experiences, and knowledge with others. Zines are part of a DIY (do it yourself) culture, which often includes people from marginalized communities or those who don’t have access to more mainstream publishing options.


The LAPL Zine Collection aims to provide access for our patrons to a variety of current and local zines with diverse viewpoints and subject matter. Our intention is to support zine authorship, diversity, DIY culture, and to encourage zine makers to submit their publications into the collection.

General Guidelines


Every zine in the collection is fully cataloged so that patrons can place holds on items and have them delivered to the Los Angeles Public Library Central Library and 72 branches.


The library accepts donations of zines but cannot guarantee that donated items will be added to the collection. Zines added to the collection should be in good condition. Library staff will assess donations according to the library’s materials selection criteria and may use their discretion to decline a donation based on the number of items donated, content, or condition. Please limit your donation to 10 copies of one zine.

Branches with Zine Collections

Mail physical copy c/o Zine Librarian to any or all of the eight branches:

Baldwin Hills Branch Library
2906 S La Brea Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90016

Benjamin Franklin Branch Library
2200 E 1st St
Los Angeles, CA 90033

Cypress Park Branch Library
1150 Cypress Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Edendale Branch Library
2011 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Felipe de Neve Branch Library
2820 W 6th St
Los Angeles, CA 90057

Frances Howard Goldwyn - Hollywood Regional Library
1623 Ivar Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Palisades Branch Library
861 Alma Real Drive
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

West Los Angeles Regional Library
11360 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90025


The zine collection is not archived. Our zine collection is available to the public.

Keep in mind when donating your zine that it might get lost or stolen.

Questions on how to submit your zines? Please email zines@lapl.org