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Short for fanzine, zines are self-published, not for profit and produced in small print runs. A significant form of expression in the punk cultures of the 1980s and 1990s, contemporary zines continue to provide an important platform in a distinct genre. Because zines are typically self‐published, they can cover a broad range of topics, and include uncensored accounts and self-expression generally not found in edited and commercially‐packaged publications.
Primarily zines created in Chicago, by or about people who have a relationship to the city.
Collecting began in 2010.
A smaller collection of zines from outside the city on important issues for people in Chicago, such as those of minority voices, people of color, migrant and LGBTQIA communities.
Everyone and anyone is welcome to come to the Regenstein Library and read the zines that are in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC). Keeping zines in SCRC prolongs their lives and allows everyone to read them. When you come to the Regenstein, tell the staff at the ID & Privileges Office that you’re here to read the zines in SCRC.