There are number of ways to locate zines outside of Collins Library. Attending a local zine fest, purchasing through a distro, or reaching out directly to a creator are all great options! The resources on this page will help you locate zines in and around Tacoma (and elsewhere), as well as connect with other zine communities and resources.
Zinecat.org is a union catalog dedicated to zines. A union catalog is a resource where libraries can share cataloging and holdings information. ZineCat lets researchers discover zine holdings by searching a single catalog, and helps librarians copy catalog records to facilitate lending across libraries. ZineCat serves educators, researchers, librarians, archivists, and anyone in the general public with an interest in zines.
ZineCat contains records from partner libraries including ABC No Rio, the Barnard Zine Library, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Denver Zine Library, the Queer Zine Archive Project and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture at Duke University.
Because of the typically small circulation and de-centralized distribution of zines, review publications can be incredibly handy for identifying your next read! Most contain brief summaries, contact information, and pricing.
You can purchase zines from these distributors. Some allow you to submit your own zines for distribution.