Special Collections and Archives

Reed Zine Library


zine library“Zine” is short for fanzine or magazine. Zines are usually self-published, low-budget, low-circulation publications. Zinesters often make their zines by hand, or using a printer or photocopier. Zine creators are often motivated by a desire to share knowledge or experience with people in marginalized or otherwise les-empowered communities.

The Reed Zine Library aims to provide the Reed community with a variety of contemporary zines across subject areas with a focus on perceived community needs and interests.


comics for changeThe Zine Collection at Reed is a non-circulating collection available for use within the library. A full listing of zines can be found in the library catalog.

Special Collections and Archives does not discriminate based on patron status. All people are welcome, regardless of Reed affiliation.



 The Zine Collection is curated by the Special Collections Librarian and Archivist and the Archives Specialist.

The Reed Zine Library features zines about:

  • Portland 
  • The Reed community
  • Art
  • Social justice
  • People of color
  • Body positivity
  • Immigrants and immigration
  • Women/womanism/feminism
  • LGBTQ+ community
  • Poverty and anti-capitalism
  • Quirky, fun, weird zines

As well as any that do not fit above the above criteria but are exemplars of the genre.

Submission Guidelines

Weight zineTo submit a zine to the library, please visit the Special Collections and Archives in L014. The Special Collections Librarian and Archivist and Archives Specialist will review the donation and let you know whether the zine will be made available in the non-circulating collection.