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Resource on finding Zines at Pratt Institute Libraries and information about Zines

What is a Zine?

A Zine is a small publication, usually produced by an individual or small group of people. They are usually produced in small batches, often with a handmade original that is reproduced on a photocopier. They are most often stapled but other methods of binding are also used. Zines tend to be focused on a particular interest or theme. Due to the personal and DIY nature of zines and zine-making, they are often produced on an irregular schedule.

How can I learn more about Zines?

Pratt Libraries has several books about Zines that may be interesting if you want to learn more.

For example: 

Klanten, Robert, Adeline Mollard, Matthias Hübner, and Sonja Commentz. Behind the Zines: Self-publishing Culture. Berlin: Gestalten, 2011. Print.

Todd, Mark, and Esther Watson. Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine?: The Art of Making Zines and Minicomics. Boston, Mass: Graphia, 2006. Print.

 (there are others - search PrattCat to find more)

Other Zine Collections

Barnard College has one of the best-known Zine Collections and is a fantastic resource for all things Zine. They have created this wonderful collection of links to a variety of Zine collections in the US as well as some other countries:

How do I find Zines at Pratt?

It's important to remember that not all of the Zines we have are cataloged, so you won't be able to find them all by searching PrattCat. You can make arrangements to look at uncataloged Zines by contacting the Reference Desk.

To locate zines that are cataloged, go to PrattCat ( and click on the Advanced Search tab:

Then, in the search box, type an asterisk * (shift 8 on a standard keyboard) then scroll down the Material Type window to select ZINES:

Select the ones you want to see and let the staff at the Reference Desk know:

Getting Help with Your Research

- Visit the Reference Desk during the Library’s open hours

- Call a librarian at the Reference Desk: 718.636.3704

- Email a librarian:

- Follow the steps of the Information Literacy Guide