New Paltz Zine Library

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Remote Zine Exchange Event!

Want to create and share a zine and receive ten zines from other zinesters? Check out this rad zine exchange event hosted by Hudson Valley Artists River Wharton and Katie Ford!

Here’s some information from their website:

So, how does this work?

You create a zine, send us 11 copies, then receive 10 zines from other contributors

All finished zines must be 5.5”x8.5” or smaller

(Here’s a hint: this is 8.5”x11” folded in half)

Mail or deliver 11 copies of your zine to: 468 Main Street, Apt 2, Catskill, NY 12414

Include $12 with your mailed zines or Venmo to @katieford for organizational costs

Zines MUST be received by July 1, 2020

To sign up, visit Reciprocal’s website



Logo for Quaranzinefest 2020, April 4-5, shows an exploding headed figure reaching up for a zine

Hi there zinesters! We heard about a really nifty event that happened earlier in April and is still unfolding online this very as we speak. Organizers wanted to do something about all the cancelled zine fests in this era of social distancing. From the organizer’s website:

“Quaranzine Fest is a (cough…) viral concept to connect zine makers and patrons in this turbulent time of social distancing. In the face of Federal Government ineptitude, callousness, and lack of empathy, the DIY community has come together to… not come together. As we work in solidarity to honor the social contract and flatten the curve, many of us in the international zine, art book, and DIY community have been dramatically impacted by the closures of the art book fairs and zine fests where we connect with each other, discover exciting new work, and (for us vendors) make part of our living.

Quaranzine Fest is simple. Post your work on the platform of your choice April 4th and 5th with the hashtag #quaranzinefest – no submission process, no selection process, no fees, no leaders, no volunteers, no building, no table, no limit on vendors, no fire code restrictions, no peanut butter fingers touching your zines.”

Did you miss it? No problem! That’s the beauty of asynchronous events! You can still post your zine (either a digital zine or info about a paper zine you’ll mail to folks) on any platform with #quaranzine. Here are a few places to look at zines that have come out of the event:

Did you Make a Zine?

We’ve heard from some of you that you made a zine for Quaranzinefest – we’re eager to catalog these once we get back in the Library and have all our tools at the ready.

If you made a zine but haven’t shared it yet, send it our way! We can catalog digital zines as such or download and print a PDF to make a paper zine, whatever your vision.

< Illustration by Chandler Dolan @chandlerbreeart, © Chandler Dolan >
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International Zine Month is Upon Us!

Patrick Derilus shows off his 2018 24-hour zine. Credit: Sanford Fels.

July is International Zine Month – a fabulous excuse (not that we need one) to embark on four weeks of zine reading, making, and sharing! Maybe this is the summer you make that compilation zine idea that’s been kicking around a reality, or you read all the zines posted on Issuu by POC Zine Project.  Looking for other ideas? Here are a few ideas we’ve heard for how to celebrate this holiday month.

  1. Make a one page zine about something you care about
  2. Leave some of your zines in a public place for folks to find
  3. Teach a friend or family member about zines
  4. Send your zine to a distro for consideration
  5. Explore a specific genre of zines – cookzines, compilation, poetry zines
  6. Send some of your zines out snail mail to faraway friends
  7. Make a zine about a social or political issue
  8. Make a zine about your pet
  9. Submit to a compilation zine
  10. Read more zines by POC zinesters
  11. Read more queer zines on QZAP
  12. Read zines made by folks in your area
  13. Read a zine made by a non-US zinester
  14. Look up zine fests in your area – consider attending or even applying to table
  15. Read a zine every day
  16. Make something using instructions from a DIY zine
  17. Make a zine with tactile elements – fuzz, glitter, ribbons, you name it!
  18. Write a review of a zine and share it on social media
  19. Write a fan letter to a zinester
  20. Start your own mini-zine library
  21. Visit your local zine library!

GEO 201 Human Geography – Zine Background and Cultures

Zine Making Help, Assembly, Templates, and a Research Guide to help you dot-it-yourself: 

SPA 376 Survey of Latin American Literature: Zines & Social Movements

Z I N E  H E L P  &   G U I D E :


Hello Amazing SPA 376 Students!

We are going to be exploring zines as texts and physical objects, zine cultures and subcultures, and how the material culture of zines is used as an organizing tool in social movements and political resistance.  We will focus on how these questions and resources relate to Latin American Literature, and contemporary Latinx cultures, and of course, your own research interests and desires.

Learning goals for today (February 1, 2018)  are that you will be able to:

  • define what zines are,
  • know what zines we have in the New Paltz Zine Library,
  • and how you can read and access to the zines in our library.
  • It’s also important to be able to find and access zine collections beyond New Paltz, such as those available online or in other libraries.

The following short blog pieces are a good introduction to Latinx zine cultures.

4 Zines Centering Latino Narratives You Should Be Reading

New Research on Latinx Zine Collectives

My Ultimate Feminist Latinx Reading List

If you want to ask me a question outside of class, please be in touch at willougl at new paltz dot edu. We can meet for a zine consultation for help in making your zine, or doing research for this or other assignments.

Please leave a comment or question in the comments below.


Lydia Willoughby

Google Cultural Institute celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month:


Library Day:




Hey Rad Zinesters!

Zines of the Moment

Hey everyone!

Did you know we have something called “Zines of the Moment”?

Over at our zine collection there’s a display that we update roughly once a semester, featuring zines from our collection on a different theme/topic.

Our last theme for Zines of the Moment was “Black Lives Matter: Race & Resistance” and featured zines about racial identity politics and resistance movements. It was up from Fall ‘16 through midterms of Spring ‘17 (though of course the topic is always relevant).

This time around we’re featuring how-to & D.I.Y. zines, so zines that are intended teach you a particular skill. They range from practical (such as “A Rough Guide to Bicycle Maintenance” and “Hot Pantz: DIY gynecology”) to humorous (like “How to Swear Successfully in Polish” and “How to Park at SUNY New Paltz”) to just plain good for you (“How to Sleep” and “The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Fighting the Big Bad Motherfuckin’ Sad”)!

Feel free to come by, sit back, and enjoy the many zines we have to offer. And don’t forget! You can check zines out of the library with your student ID- even over the summer! Happy reading. 

–Jasper, Zine-brary Intern

A Space to Create!

If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, come stop by the Create Space on the Concourse level of the library! There are all kinds of materials for your creative and tinkering endeavors, including scissors, rulers, wrenches, beads, old cassette tapes, doorbells, telephones and more!

There are also plenty of tables to work at, and white boards for working things out. Consider having a group or club gathering in the space to work on a creative project!


Coming This Fall – Typewriters for Checkout!

Here is a sneak peak of one of the typewriters that will be available for checkout in the fall – from the original manual. Many thanks to STL student staff member Miriam Marx for tracking this down, and for all her hard work putting together quick start guides for our fabulous new fleet!


What’s happening at the Zine Library?

The New Paltz Zine Library has been busy with summer projects and presentations. We’re getting caught up on cataloging new zines for the collection and moving into our lovely new shelving!

NewZines    Pulloutshelving

We’re also working on getting our zine-making kits and typewriters ready for you to check out in the fall, and planning for a proposed “Create Space” on the Concourse level of STL.

On June 10th we’ll be presenting on zines at the SUNY Library Association Conference in Binghamton.  We’ll be talking about the hows and whys of starting a zine library and former Zine Library Intern Kelly Lindberg will be sharing excerpts from her film Aboveground and the Underground Converge: the New Paltz Zine Library.

PresentingSENYCON     Kelly_Aboveground


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