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Pace University Zine Library

Use this guide to learn more about the Pace University Zine LIbrary, a rich, growing collection that includes zines, chapbooks, pamphlets, artists' magazines, artists' books, and more. .

The Physical Details of Booklets

Book printers manufacture paperback books with a form of bookbinding called perfect binding, in which their pages are glued together to form a spine.Just picture a paperback book: you're picturing perfect binding.

Booklets like zines are not perfectly bound but are saddle stitched, a printer's term for stapled, or saddle sewn, bound with a needle and thread or string. A "foldy" zine consist of several pages folded together without any binding. The vast majority of zines are stapled.


About the The Pace Zine Library at 161 William St., 17th Floor, Academic Success Suite, Room 1723

The Zine Library is a new resource for experiential pedagogy sponsored by the Faculty Center. The Library includes zines, pamphlets, artist books, chapbooks, independent magazines, and radical and alternative publications of all kinds, both contemporary and historical. The Zine Library consists primarily of zines found at specialized bookstores and websites. Being student centered is the goal of the Library, so we want to have students select zines as much as possible. We also want to to collect zines made by Pace students and to keep one print copy in the Library and one digitized copy in the Pace Digital Repository.

Zine Pasts and Futures

In general, zines (pronouned "zeen" as in magazine) are self-published booklets created by people seeking expression and community. People who make zines are sometimes called "zinesters."  Zines are folded or stapled and therefore portable and flexible. They require no Internet connection to read. They usually do require some technology to make. In general, zines were born on photocopiers of the 20th Century. In short, a zine is a Do-It-Yourself pamphlet publication that can be endlessly reproduced. Zines are usually not unique, one-of-a-kind creations.

Imagine a subject. There's probably a zine about it! Zines range from seriously reverent political treatises to wildly idiosyncratic personal musings. Many zines are like diaries or letters, and many others are like mini research papers.   Overall, the paper format prevails in the zine world, but you will find an increasing number of digitized or born-digital zines on the Internet.

Part of a larger world of independent thought, creativity, and publishing, Zines are more popular than ever.

On left is the cover of issue 5 of the zine Muchacha; in center is Amulet Zine, an object-based zine featuring paper necklaces by Weiyun Chen. On right is THINK(-)BEING, a zine made by a previous incarnation of the Pace Philosophy Club (student group).    

Daisy, "Muchacha presents Brown Queen Latina Voices of the 21st Century," [Zine], #5. 2013.

Chen, Weiyun. "Amulet zine," [Zine]. Lucky Risograph. 2023. 2nd edition.

Pace Philosophy Club. "THINK(-)BEING" [Zine.] n.d.