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What is a zine?

The word zine is short for magazine or fanzine, and refers to "self-publications, motivated by a desire for self-expression, not for profit", according to the Barnard Zine Library. The Oxford English Dictionary defines zine exclusively as a shortened form of fanzine. From Wikipedia

Learn more about the History and Characteristics of Zines from Fred Wright

Zines at Boise State University

Albertsons Library has 100's of Zines! Most of these are in Special Collections and Archives on the second floor and anyone can read them anytime during our regular business hours between 9:00 and 5:00 Monday - Friday. 

"Some Zines" at Boise State

In 1992, Boise State English Professor Tom Trusky curated the first zine exhibition in the country right here at Boise State. The exhibit, "Some Zines" received national and international press coverage. He curated a follow-up exhibit "Some Zines 2" in 1996.

Zines from Special Collections and Archives at Boise State (photo by JD Herndon)

Make Your Own Zine: 2 binding styles