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Collins Library Zine Collection

Make Your Zine at Collins Library

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Makerspace Open Hours

Please note: Hours are subject to change based on staff availability and reservation of the Makerspace for class use.  Every effort is taken to post changes in a timely manner.




If you need to meet outside the posted times, please email

The Makerspace staff will work with you to determine if we are able to accommodate the request. 

Zine Making Guides at Collins Library

Zine Making Software

Online Guides

How to Make a Zine

Gather Your Supplies

Zine makers use all kinds of supplies to create their zines. Below are some typical examples. 

The Makerspace maintains a supply of assorted craft paper, glue sticks, scissors, scrap fabric, sewing implements, and craft items for use, and individuals are encouraged to bring their own materials for specific project needs. 

  • Paper: Plain, multi-colored, or textured in any size. 8.5"x11" works well, which is standard size for printer paper. You can also use recycled paper bags cut to that size.
  • Writing implements: pen, pencil, markers, gel pens, ink, stamps, etc. Alternatively, you can use a typewriter or computer with a word processing program to create text.
  • Optional crafting supplies: Scissors, glue stick or tape, stickers, decorative paper, magazines or news clippings
  • Whatever crafting tools you have available!! You can get creative with the materials if you don’t have a lot of crafting supplies on hand. Food packaging, junk mail, dried flowers, make up or nail polish work too!

Design Tips

There are no hard and fast rules for creating your own zine! Below are some general tips to consider.

  • Include some organizational elements: front/back cover, title, table of contents, list of contributors, page numbers*, statement of purpose, etc.

    • *Page numbers will help you assemble your zine in the correct order once it is printed.

  • Play around with the form. Try to communicate your ideas in different ways--a free-write, black-out poetry, rants, images only, a game, a list, a comic, or a tutorial. The options are endless!

  • Leave a 1/4" margin around your pages so nothing gets cut off when your zine is copied and/or printed. 

  • Light text and images don’t always reproduce well, so bold or high contrast is best!

  • Relax! There are no mistakes--zines can be unpolished and messy. The point is to get creative and have fun.

Layouts & Templates

Laying out your content is usually the most challenging part of the zine making process. Imposition refers to the process of arranging your pages so that once the printed sheets are folded and assembled, the pages will appear in the correct order. 

One way to layout your zine is to fold up a blank booklet, number the pages, then take the book apart and create your content. You might also create individual pages and then cut out and glue/tape them onto a blank sheet of paper. Most zine makers find a way that works for them, and there are many templates out there to help you out! Below are some common options.


8-Page Mini Zine:


This is an 8-page mini zine made from a single sheet of 8.5’”x11” or 11”x17” paper. This is a great beginner project for first-time zine makers and individual projects.


Folio or Digest-Size Zine

The most popular style is a digest-sized zine, which is made by folding sheets of 8.5”x11” paper in half. For easier copying and printing, your total page count should be divisible by 4. Each piece of paper will have four page segments – two pages on each side, with a margin in the middle.


Quarter-Size Zine


This is a 1/4-size zine with eight page segments (four on each side) on one full-size sheet of paper.