Afternoons at the Zine Library

ZineLibraryImage.jpg The Albuquerque Zine Library is  opening its doors every Saturday afternoon in JUNE!
NOON-4pm at the Tannex
June 4
June 11
June 18
June 25

Come hang out and read zines, or catch up on some writing. Tables and chairs will be set up, if you want to catch up on those un-finished, paper-based art-y projects. (Bring your own supplies, tidy up afterwards.)

Musical guests? Maybe.

@ The Tannex
1417 4th Street SW
($Donations lovingly accepted$.)

Zine Ride!



Saturday, April 16, Noon -4pm

We’ll meet up at the tail end of the first Grower’s Market of the season, ride around downtown, visit a few murals, loop back to the Tannex for zine making, open zine hours at the zine library, and a zine reading!

The goal: FUN. No one left behind. Cruisers welcome. Be nice, be cool, respect. POC, gentlewomen, gentlemen, LGBTQ welcome. No drama. No meanies. No bullies.

TWO O’Clock Zine Reading! Do you have a finished zine you’d like to read from? No theme necessary! Let us know! PM this page.

We’ll have coffee, white paper, glue sticks, tape, scissors. and some magazines. Bring bits and pieces, your own text you can cut up, and start laying out your pages! Not ready to make a full zine? We’ll show you how to make a one-page mini zine!

Feel free to peruse the Albuquerque Zine Library’s collection of 500+ zines! Get inspired to create your own!

Saturday, April 16, Noon -4pm
Ride begins at the Downtown Grower’s Market, ends at:
The Tannex
1417 4th Street SW
Powered by ZENDO.

(In the event of inclement weather, we’ll go to The Tannex, for a very ziney afternoon!)

Barefoot in Iowa


Photo by Marya Errin Jones

In July we attended the Zine Librarian’s (un) Conference in Iowa City, IA! It was our first gathering with other zine librarians and truly, the conference was an eye-opening experience. For two days we participated in break-out sessions, explored vintage print techiques, took a tour of the secret passages and back stacks of the University of Iowa Main Library, lots of informal gatherings that sparked conversations about why we’re all doing this in the first place. Many discoveries in a compressed amount of time.

Who knew that librarians with independent collections (i.e. volunteer-run) are called . . . BAREFOOT LIBRARIANS. Interesting! It didn’t seem to matter if we maintained scrappy libraries in basements, and garages, or well-dressed archives at Ivy League institutions. The joys, concerns, and frustrations of maintaining a zine library seemed pretty universal.

It was great to be reminded that, although the Albuquerque Zine Library is a burgeoning archive, as wee as they come, in the middle of the desert– an outpost– we’re part of a network of archivists all thriving to build zine libraries that inspire and activate our communities.

Albuquerque gets its first public zine library!


Albuquerque has a long history of independent publishing– from news papers to small press. Zines in New Mexico seem to have fallen off the radar, relegated to the 1990s, and considered by some to be a, “dying art,” lying fallow in the wake of the flourishing eZine. Nothing could be further from the truth. Self-publishing in print form will never be abandoned. As long as there are writers, there will be zinesters producing handmade tales.

To prove the power of zines in New Mexico, Albuquerque gets a zine library to continue where the zinesters from the recent era left off. On March 22, the zine library opened its doors, with a tiny selection of zines to peruse, but this is only the beginning! The ultimate goal is to offer zines for check-out, like any other public lending library, and to provide space for zine making, zine release parties, zine exhibitions and more. The AZL will also work closely with ABQ Zine Fest to produce a yearly event celebrating zine culture and in the city and beyond.