Twin Cities Zine Fest, October 15-17

The 2021 Twin Cities Zine Fest (TCZF), an annual celebration of zines and self-publishing in the Twin Cities and beyond, will be virtual this year. TCZF aims to sustainably support self-publishing and the DIY ethic in our communities, with an intersectional focus on politically and socially engaged zines, community partnership, and amplifying the voices of those who have been historically unheard. Learn more about the virtual Zine Fest.

Make your own zine with a free DIY kit

Although we can't host the TCZF at Minneapolis Central Library this year, we are still involved by offering DIY kits to pick up from East Lake, Hosmer and Minneapolis Central libraries. Available as long as supplies last.

Recommended books about zines

Find books recommended by staff about creating zines and information about underground printing and magazines.

Explore our Zine Collection

Zines are handmade, self-published and non-commercial publications which are usually not widely distributed. They touch on a diverse range of topics, from perspectives that are not typically addressed in mainstream publications. Zines are known for their DIY or “underground” look and feel.

Hennepin County Library's Zine Collection is currently housed in East Lake, Hosmer and Minneapolis Central libraries. The collection began in response to patrons’ interest in zines. Interest was manifested in the community that attended the Minneapolis Central Library's TransFabulous zine-making workshop who wanted to see these kinds of publications shared in the library’s collection. All zines can be found in the library catalog.